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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 46

Faced with the choice between staying in or seeing Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, most filmgoers will be forced to conclude that there's no place like home.

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 18

Faced with the choice between staying in or seeing Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, most filmgoers will be forced to conclude that there's no place like home.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world's most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the

Aug 26, 2014

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (46)

Problems abound from the rushed beginning all the way through the impossibly resolved ending.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The bricks are still yellow, but the road doesn't lead anywhere special.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's short on jokes and hampered by unmemorable musical numbers (including one about building a boat), and the film's niceness can't overcome the dopey tedium.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's a little shocking how leaden the jokes are in this movie.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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All in all, the beloved kingdom of Oz is not well served, though there's just enough detectable affection to keep it from feeling like a pure cashing-in.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Devoid of the visual magic and heartfelt emotion of the original film, this version of Oz and Dorothy 2.0 feel like the cheaply made knockoffs you find in a dollar store: garishly shiny, flimsy and not built to last.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Despite substandard animation, this brightly coloured sequel has a strong enough sense of both its story and characters to hold the audience's attention.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Boasts an impressive cast, catchy tunes and an entertaining fairy tale plot.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Even by the standards of allowance-snatching half-term filler, this is pretty indifferent ...

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A cynical cash-grab riding on the coat-tails of far better productions.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

This film is very offbeat and psychedelic in that regard, though regrettably not nearly as accomplished or engaging as Alice in Wonderland which is loosely resembles.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

A cheap and charmless reminder to leave the classics alone.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Kid-friendly with some neat visuals.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Carping on a film clearly targeted to 5-year-olds might seem unjust, but the filmmakers go about their business in such a lazy fashion that the viewer can't help but feel irritated by the whole ordeal.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Being an effective virtual babysitter isn't the same as being a satisfying entertainment.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Resting on the laurels of its namesake, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return suffers from lackluster storytelling, TV-quality animation and haphazard music, all of which don't hold a candle to the many Oz tales that have come before it.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Wasting a voice cast populated with recognisable names, this attempt to cash in on nostalgia for its source material evokes more bewilderment and boredom than excitement or wistful reminiscence.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

That it scored a few actual names [...] gives it the veneer of class, but it was designed to fool kids and their gullible parents, yet make everyone who sees it sad.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro
Metro

Oz has its moments, even to this day.

May 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return reunites Dorothy Gale, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man-and just about every cliché of low-budget CG animation.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Animation Scoop
Animation Scoop

"Aside from giving some very talented people so little to work with, perhaps the film's biggest crimes are its crimes against cinema and literature."

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

A glorified 90-minute distraction for kids - not an enchanting and memorable addition to the Wizard of Oz movie pantheon.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Kids will like well-intentioned sequel, but it lacks magic.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

Legends Of Oz is miraculously creepy for a kids film. The design is utterly lifeless and the villain is terrifying. Easily the worst animated film of the last three years, Legends of Oz is stuffed with stock characters, ugly animation and a boring plot that is sure to have one running to the better animated films of the year, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and The Lego Movie to wash the stink. Rating: 26
July 13, 2014
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    1. Jester: Ugh! I don't speak monkey!
    – Submitted by Peyton M (5 months ago)
    1. Scarecrow: With all of Oz at risk, I need you two to stand guard.
    – Submitted by Peyton M (5 months ago)
    1. Glinda: My, but you're...silly.
    2. Jester: It's a costume, isn't it? It's my curse. Literally. I can't take this off ever.
    – Submitted by Peyton M (5 months ago)
    1. Glinda: Dorothy will stop you.
    2. Jester: Aren't I quivering!
    – Submitted by Peyton M (6 months ago)
    1. Scarecrow: Hiya, kiddo! An evil Jester is threatening us, and you are the only one who can help us!
    – Submitted by Peyton M (6 months ago)
    1. Dorothy Gale: This doesn't look like the Oz I remember.
    – Submitted by Peyton M (6 months ago)
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