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August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
September 17, 2002
Should've stuck to that yellow brick road
| Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2010
1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
April 18, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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
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
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
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
September 22, 2005
A forgotten classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
August 26, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2003
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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