Return to Oz Synopsis
Insomniac Dorothy escapes from a clinic to Oz, now a disaster area with a bad king and sorceress.
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TV Guide

First of all, it has no music. That aside, it doesn't have any wit, joy, or drive. Children who haven't had the pleasure of seeing The...
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60

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying. Studio pressure apparently forced Murch to back off from the full fury of his conception,...
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60

Empire

It’s enthralling as well as rambling, you do miss the songs, but there is clearly no place for them here. Best to see them as individual...
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Everyone who grew up with the full range of the Oz books is deeply in Murch's debt. However, the framework surrounding Return to Oz is dark...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Kids probably will enjoy portions of Return to Oz, but at best, it's a mechanical movie that never finds a real heart to engage an...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Dorothy's friends are as weird as her enemies, which is faithful to the original Oz books but turns out not to be a virtue on film, where...
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50

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
The inventiveness that has gone into this, and into turning Oz into a land of lavish special effects, will be lost on anyone with a...
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38

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The Disney people have taken such obvious care in making Return to Oz that it's a shame it didn't turn out better. It has its moments -...
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
The Nome King looks like a moveable Mt. St. Helens and he alone is magical. In fact, he blows Dorothy and her tacky-looking friends off the...
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The makers of Return to Oz say that their rather bleak, nonmusical fantasy is more faithful to Mr. Baum's vision than "The Wizard of Oz"...
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You must rent! Wonderful movie overall!

By jonny jon jones
Not as good as "Oz the Great & Powerful" but an incredible movie! I can't believe there are people out there that don't know this movie exists! If you have not seen this movie, you absolutely must...

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OH NOES!

By LemonLemon99
We don't need another trip to Oz!!! :(...

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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 8+ 1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
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