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Return to Oz Reviews

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March 8, 2019
From just about every standpoint Return to Oz is competently executed but ill-advised. It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers are trying to reach; it's easier to predict that filmgoers of all ages will be pretty well turned off.
December 12, 2018
Return to Oz doesn't soar when it so clearly should.
December 12, 2018
The basic problem with Return to Oz is its unrelieved oppressiveness, an atmosphere resulting mainly from our sense of Dorothy's constant plight.
December 12, 2018
Return to Oz is the kind of movie that encourages people to rent home videotapes of The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 12, 2018
Disney recaptures the dark side of L Frank Baum's Oz stories in this exciting sequel to the 1939 classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2018
Return to Oz isn't a musical and doesn't match the wit and magic of the 1939 original. But it's an appealing picture on its own terms, if you can overlook a couple of big miscalculations.
October 22, 2018
The new characters may not have the human qualities the others had the souls and personalities. However, they are interesting enough and true to the tales spun by Baum in The Land of Oz (1904) and Ozma of Oz (1907).
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 26, 2009
Return to Oz is an astonishingly somber, melancholy and, sadly, unengaging trip back to a favorite land of almost every American's youth.
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: 2.5/5
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
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