Return to Oz Reviews

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June 18, 2019
I can see why others love it but it isn't for me
March 27, 2019
In Return to Oz [Fairuza Balk] and [director Walter] Murch have managed the rare feat of giving a fairy tale the illusion of reality.
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 13, 2018
Return to Oz doesn't soar when it so clearly should.
December 13, 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 13, 2018
Return to Oz is the kind of movie that encourages people to rent home videotapes of The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz.
December 13, 2018
Disney recaptures the dark side of L Frank Baum's Oz stories in this exciting sequel to the 1939 classic.
December 12, 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.
November 9, 2010
1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
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.
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.
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.
July 5, 2005
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