Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Reviews

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Kevin McFarland
AV Club
May 14, 2014
Problems abound from the rushed beginning all the way through the impossibly resolved ending.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2014
The bricks are still yellow, but the road doesn't lead anywhere special.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Semley
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
May 8, 2014
It's a little shocking how leaden the jokes are in this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 8, 2014
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.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 8, 2014
"Legends of Oz" feels like the opposite of the original film. Underneath its aggressive distractions and dim ideas, it has no heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 8, 2014
The enterprise, while gently reverent, looks and feels as shaky as it sounds, tonally as flat as Kansas farmland.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 8, 2014
There are songs, by a motley crew of tunesmiths who include Bryan Adams, but except for a showstopper tailor-made for Short, they don't make much of an impact. Ditto for the script ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2014
Feels like a formulaic knockoff of the original, replacing most everything whimsical about its predecessor with inane surrogates.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2014
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is visually energetic but tonally all over the Yellow Brick Road map.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2014
"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" lacks any sense of magic. These won't be songs you'll find yourself singing over and over after you've left the theater or a movie you'll be watching again and again. Once is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
May 8, 2014
[A] crass, cheap, hack-job cash-grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 8, 2014
Mostly, the film reaffirms how hard it is to make a movie as unforgettable and enduring as "The Wizard of Oz." Good chance you'll forget this one on the way home from the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
May 8, 2014
Animated in form but completely listless in content.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 7, 2014
"Oh, Toto, this doesn't look like the Oz I remember," Dorothy murmurs at one point. Truer words were never spoken.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 7, 2014
[An] eyeball-gougingly ugly, charm-free animated musical sequel, which is inexplicably opening in thousands of theaters instead of going direct to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
May 6, 2014
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return fails to make us care about the characters or their journeys, and the animation is shoddy and occasionally creepy ...