The Wiz Reviews

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
Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz.
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.
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.
August 19, 2004
A lot to look at, little to contemplate, and nothing to hum.