Return to Oz Reviews

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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2005
A forgotten classic.
April 3, 2005
I can see why the Judy Garland fans might not appreciate this weird little adaptation, but it's actually pretty good!
May 8, 2004
August 12, 2003
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
May 27, 2003
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.
August 26, 2002
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.
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.