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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Average Rating: 9.3/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 1

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.

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Average Rating: 9.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

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.

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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.

Oct 19, 1999

$5.5M

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

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The greatest American movie fantasy.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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The blend of old-fashioned, classic storytelling with cutting-edge technology is undeniably enthralling.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The result is quite stunning and a lot less gimmicky than it could have been.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Any reason to show your children "The Wizard of Oz" on a big screen seems like a good one.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Anyone who can refrain from weeping as Dorothy cries "Aunty Em, I'm frightened!" deserves to be locked in a tower for all eternity.

September 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Seventy-five years on, it hasn't dated in the slightest.

September 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The central themes of illusions, dreams and going on an extraordinary adventure all the better to come home and appreciate what you have there are enduring.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

One of Hollywood's quintessential productions, this musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic fable is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This family classic long ago left the realm of being mere entertainment to emerge as a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The classic MGM musical from 1939 has been lovingly restored and up-converted to 3D.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

The Wizard of Oz is the cinematic equivalent of high-end wine, in that it gets better with age. The difference is that while wine must remain unopened to increase in value, the film positively thrives on it being tasted and shared over and over and over.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

The old-fashioned, old-school wizardry of MGM still looks impressive to me today...

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Seven decades on, it's still wholly transporting, even without the benefit of the bells and whistles that are part of the CGI age.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

MGM's fantastic IMAX 3D conversion for the The Wizard of Oz's 75th anniversary underlines rather than obscures most of the film's visual pleasures, reminding us (if we'd managed to forget) just how glorious L. Frank Baum's strange world is.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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Hey, Dorothy actually has freckles in IMAX. Glinda's floating sphere is mesmerizing. The flying monkeys are creepier than ever. The Lollipop Guild even more disturbing - are these guys having a seizure?

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A timeless family classic finds potent new life in IMAX 3D.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The most magical movie ever is still magic in 3D IMAX.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

It's a feature built for bigness, with its immersive qualities still potent after all these years. The IMAX 3D treatment is merely a fun exhibition detour.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Audience Reviews for The Wizard of Oz

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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.
April 4, 2013
blacksheepboy

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"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!
March 8, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Oz, the great and powerful! Beyond the sheer enjoyment factor, there are a lot of messages here for youngins and geezers alike: if you want a quality (intelligence, oourage, heart for example) act as if you already have it and soon you will own it; never trust the "great and all-knowing" ANYTHING....kids, there is ALWAYS a man behind the curtain. Oh, and some neighbor will always hate your dog or cat. That's just life and get used to it. One more: it was a real payday for little people.
October 21, 2012
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    1. 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 (26 days ago)
    1. Dorothy Gale: There's no place like home.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (37 days ago)
    1. Dorothy Gale: Why, what is that?
    2. Coach Driver: That, my dear, is a 'horse of a different color'.
    – Submitted by Jazen H (45 days ago)
    1. Dorothy Gale: There's no place like home.
    – Submitted by Nandu J (5 months ago)
    1. Munchkin Coroner: As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her. And she's not only merely dead. She's really most sincerely dead!
    – Submitted by Nicole F (12 months ago)
    1. The Wizard of Oz: You billowing bale of bovine fodder!
    – Submitted by Nicole F (12 months ago)
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