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The Wizard of Oz Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 30, 2016
[VIDEO ESSAY] As thick with allegory as any Shakespeare play, "The Wizard of Oz" is the greatest children's movie ever made, and that probably ever will be made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
August 21, 2015
Judy Garland is perfectly cast as Dorothy. She is as clever a little actress as she is a singer and her special style of vocalizing is ideally adapted to the music of the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Kansas City Star
December 7, 2014
The music is good, and the public has not been given such a smooth running, well oiled, expert spectacle since the great days of the silent movies when Doug Fairbanks Sr. made the first Robin Hood and The Thief of Bagdad.
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
September 14, 2014
Anyone who can refrain from weeping as Dorothy cries "Aunty Em, I'm frightened!" deserves to be locked in a tower for all eternity.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
September 12, 2014
Seventy-five years on, it hasn't dated in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 11, 2014
The central themes of illusions, dreams and going on an extraordinary adventure all the better to come home and appreciate what you have there are enduring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 15, 2013
One of Hollywood's quintessential productions, this musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic fable is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 5, 2013
This family classic long ago left the realm of being mere entertainment to emerge as a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 30, 2013
The classic MGM musical from 1939 has been lovingly restored and up-converted to 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 29, 2013
The Wizard of Oz is the cinematic equivalent of high-end wine, in that it gets better with age. The difference is that while wine must remain unopened to increase in value, the film positively thrives on it being tasted and shared over and over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leonard Maltin
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September 27, 2013
The old-fashioned, old-school wizardry of MGM still looks impressive to me today...
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 20, 2013
Seven decades on, it's still wholly transporting, even without the benefit of the bells and whistles that are part of the CGI age.
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
September 20, 2013
In truth, any opportunity to see the film on the big screen is welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joshua Starnes
September 20, 2013
MGM's fantastic IMAX 3D conversion for the The Wizard of Oz's 75th anniversary underlines rather than obscures most of the film's visual pleasures, reminding us (if we'd managed to forget) just how glorious L. Frank Baum's strange world is.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 19, 2013
The greatest American movie fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 19, 2013
The blend of old-fashioned, classic storytelling with cutting-edge technology is undeniably enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
September 19, 2013
Hey, Dorothy actually has freckles in IMAX. Glinda's floating sphere is mesmerizing. The flying monkeys are creepier than ever. The Lollipop Guild even more disturbing - are these guys having a seizure?
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 19, 2013
The result is quite stunning and a lot less gimmicky than it could have been.
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 19, 2013
A timeless family classic finds potent new life in IMAX 3D.
Devin Faraci
September 19, 2013
The most magical movie ever is still magic in 3D IMAX.
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