The Wiz Reviews

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August 7, 2019
Sidney Lumet's lack of film imagination makes him fail in a genre as imaginative as the musical... The movie completely loses its undeniable appeal. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 26, 2019
It's easy to see why director Sidney Lumet's clunker ranks as one of the most expensive movie flops of all time.
March 26, 2019
The Wiz can't quite get it together. Nonetheless, this trip up the yellow-brick road has something to please almost everyone.
March 26, 2019
So much wit and talent and energy crowd the screen in this lavishly filmed variant of the Oz story that it is depressing to realize that the production never had a chance.
March 26, 2019
Despite its marvelous personnel and terrific premise, The Wiz is a bungled mess.
March 26, 2019
As Ross takes a final star turn against a black background and her tears fall and she lets fly a homily about home, it's easy to understand why Aunt Em wants her out of the house.
March 26, 2019
Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz.
March 5, 2019
Taken on its own terms it gets better as it goes along, and winds up generating a mostly happy experience for those members of the audience who will take its lead and "ease on down" the road.
June 16, 2018
It's good that the Scarecrow is the first traveling companion she meets; Michael Jackson fills the role with humor and warmth.
April 11, 2016
If you can take it just as an occasion for the exercise of some real talents, a good time can be had much of the time.
December 18, 2015
Sidney Lumet's spectacular, joyous production of The Wiz generates a mood of wonder and sentimental rapture recalling the arrival of the Mother Ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
May 23, 2011
It lost its magic.
May 8, 2011
Sidney Lumet's all-black musical, starring Diana Ross, is a failed effort to transfer the setting of the Judy Graland musical to contempo Manhattan.
October 25, 2008
Well, it's nice to see the child-voiced Michael Jackson with a bulbous brown nose in this black American retake of The Wizard Of Oz
September 28, 2007
On the plus side are vast, brilliant sets by Tony Walton, a couple of well-staged show-stoppers, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Diana Ross who, as Dorothy, is just gorgeous.
June 1, 2005
May 6, 2005
August 19, 2004
A lot to look at, little to contemplate, and nothing to hum.
August 1, 2004
This Broadway mainstay is horrifying -- nightmare-inducing, really.
July 2, 2004
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