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Return to Oz Reviews

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January 2, 2018
"Return to Oz" won't make anyone forget "The Wizard of Oz," or even "The Neverending Story,"... Then again, it's as good an excuse as any for treating the family to popcorn.
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
November 9, 2010
1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
December 12, 2007
It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying.
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
Top Critic
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.
September 22, 2005
A forgotten classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
August 12, 2003
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
September 17, 2002
Should've stuck to that yellow brick road
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
July 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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