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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 10, 2013
On its own merits, has some very fine cinematic flourishes... if we can but manage the herculean feat of separating it from the older movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
December 12, 2007
Best to see them as individual films with nothing in common apart from source material, one a classic, the other a strong enough picaresque amongst some decent fabulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2007
It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 22, 2005
A forgotten classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
I can see why the Judy Garland fans might not appreciate this weird little adaptation, but it's actually pretty good!
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 12, 2003
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Return to Oz is hardly as kid-friendly as The Wizard of Oz, but older children with a taste for the fantastic will find it interesting. Adult Oz fans will find it entertaining as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
An underrated little romp, surprisingly faithful to L. Frank Baum's atmosphere... though obviously it's all overshadowed by that other Oz flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
moody non-musical sequel to 'The Wizard of Oz' bombed at the box office and was faulted by most critics as being too weird and scary for kids.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
November 9, 2010
1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 9, 2009
Any movie in which a Midwestern prairie actually looks more attractive and more interesting than the enchanted land over the rainbow is in big trouble.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 12, 2007
There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Despite the presence of Billina the talking hen, the emphasis on insecurity and peril harks back to the treat-'em-rough days of children's fiction, and the disturbing/comforting ratio tilts conclusively towards the former.
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2004
Director Walter Murch tries to infuse the story with the inventiveness and adventure of the Star Wars saga, but the results are disappointing.
| Original Score: 1/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 18, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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