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The Wizard of Oz Reviews

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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
October 9, 2012
The story of course has some lovely and wild ideas, but the picture doesn't know what to do with them, except to be painfully literal and elaborate about everything.
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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
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Whittaker Chambers
TIME Magazine
May 12, 2008
Lavish in sets, adult in humor, it is a Broadway spectacle translated into make-believe.
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
Liam Maguren
December 6, 2003
Whether you see it as a timeless ode to the power of friendship and imagination or as a feature-length fever trip about a girl with a subconscious bloodlust for revenge, Victor Fleming's 1939 fantasy tale is nevertheless a certified classic.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
Even swollen to IMAX size, the movie is sharper than you've ever seen it, and the vaudevillian brilliance of the choreography (and Ray Bolger's straw-boned tumbling) is entirely undiminished.
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Edwin Schallert
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2011
There is something new in the land of cinema at long last.
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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
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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.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2005
A true amalgam of creative forces individually pooling their studio-contract talents like a hive of bees (in tribute to a trio of queens...a quartet if you count George Cukor).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 16, 2013
The best thing about 3D glasses is that they keep your kids from seeing your tears of sentimental joy at this gorgeous restoration
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 5, 2007
This 3D remastering of the original, on a giant Imax screen to boot, brings a whole new sense of wonder to Dorothy's yellow-brick road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Devin Faraci
September 19, 2013
The most magical movie ever is still magic in 3D IMAX.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 25, 2006
...a thoroughly American fairy tale that wholly endorses the ethic of consumerism.
Read More | Original Score: 90/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Its underlying story penetrates straight to the deepest insecurities of childhood, stirs them and then reassures them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
One of only a handful of films that nearly everyone is familiar with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 11, 2002
This movie is an ideal family film, superb in every aspect, with outstanding art direction, music, and performances.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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