The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wizard of Oz (1939)



Critic Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.

Movie Info

L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. Dorothy's journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends.more
Rating: G (for some scary moments)
Genre: Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Florence Ryerson, Noel Langley, Edgar Allan Woolf, L. Frank Baum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Judy Garland
as Dorothy Gale
Ray Bolger
as Scarecrow/Hunk
Jack Haley
as Tin Woodman/Hickory
Bert Lahr
as Cowardly Lion/Zeke
Margaret Hamilton
as Wicked Witch/Miss Gu...
Frank Morgan
as The Wizard/Prof. Mar...
Billie Burke
as Glinda the Good Witc...
Charles Grapewin
as Uncle Henry
Charley Grapewin
as Uncle Henry
Clara Blandick
as Auntie Em
Lee Murray
as Winged Monkey
George Ministeri
as Coach Driver
Harry Monty
as Winged Monkey/Munchk...
Harlan Briggs
as Uncle Henry's Double
Jerry Maren
as Guild Leader
Billy Bletcher
as Mayor/Lollypop Guild
Yvonne Moray
as League Dancer
Pinto Colvig
as Munchkin
Billy Curtis
as City Father
Major Doyle
as Munchkin (uncredited...
Daisy Earles
as Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles
as Guild Singer
Buddy Ebsen
as Tin Woodman on "We'r...
Lois January
as Cat Owner
Walter Miller
as Bespectacled Munchki...
Frank Packard
as Munchkin (uncredited...
Lillian Porter
as Munchkin (uncredited...
Jimmy Rosen
as Munchkin (uncredited...
as Toto
Carol Tevis
as Munchkin
Gus Wayne
as Munchkin
Abe Dinovitch
as Munchkin
Meinhardt Raabe
as Munchkin Coroner
Karl Slover
as Munchkin
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Critic Reviews for The Wizard of Oz

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (25)

Judy Garland is perfectly cast as Dorothy. She is as clever a little actress as she is a singer and her special style of vocalizing is ideally adapted to the music of the picture.

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In truth, any opportunity to see the film on the big screen is welcome.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The greatest American movie fantasy.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

The blend of old-fashioned, classic storytelling with cutting-edge technology is undeniably enthralling.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

The result is quite stunning and a lot less gimmicky than it could have been.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

Knowing that it was made without a single computer, and entirely by human ingenuity, makes it all the more worthy of marveling at, 75 years and an added dimension later.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wizard of Oz


A classic of cinema, with a broadway musical brought to the big screen in colour. Full of memorable songs and unforgettable scenes. The new 3D presentation brings the black & white scenes to life, whilst some of the colour scenes, particularly the wider shots, are too soft, but mostly it's excellent.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Conceived by MGM as an answer to Walt Disney's Snow White, this sweet, colorful fable full of music and adventure will always be a pleasure to children everywhere for its relatable characters and universal message - but it may also prove a bit too slow for adults nowadays.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

"The Wizard of Oz" will be a class in everyones eyes forever, bringing the light of day into the world of film and putting a smile on anyones face. As Dorothy dreams a dream that is unlike anything on earth, she creates a story that is one of the most brilliant telling in the history of film. I absolutely love this movie from start to finish. From it's clever dialogue, to it's hilarious acting, to the true heart of the story, this film surpasses any film of it's kind. Easily one of my favourites. New techniques and editing, the directors of this film (Victor Fleming and King Vidor) make it a wonder to behold! Absolutely stunning filmmaking!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The Wizard of Oz Quotes

Auntie Em: Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn't mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!
– Submitted by Jazen H (21 months ago)
Dorothy Gale: There's no place like home.
– Submitted by Matthew B (21 months ago)
Dorothy Gale: Why, what is that?
Coach Driver: That, my dear, is a 'horse of a different color'.
– Submitted by Jazen H (21 months ago)
Dorothy Gale: There's no place like home.
– Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)

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