Return to Oz
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This '80s follow-up to The Wizard of Oz is based upon two of L. Frank Baum's later Oz books. In Return to Oz (a version that may be a bit too scary for young children), Auntie Em sends Dorothy to a sanitarium where hopefully she will clear her head from all of the "Oz nonsense." This doesn't work, for soon Dorothy manages to return to Oz, but things have definitely changed. She finds her old friends turned to stone and discovers that the awful Nome King has taken over Oz. ~ Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Any movie in which a Midwestern prairie actually looks more attractive and more interesting than the enchanted land over the rainbow is in big trouble."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Best to see them as individual films with nothing in common apart from source material, one a classic, the other a strong enough picaresque amongst some decent fabulation."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"I can see why the Judy Garland fans might not appreciate this weird little adaptation, but it's actually pretty good!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Return to Oz is hardly as kid-friendly as The Wizard of Oz, but older children with a taste for the fantastic will find it interesting. Adult Oz fans will find it entertaining as well."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"On its own merits, has some very fine cinematic flourishes... if we can but manage the herculean feat of separating it from the older movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Director Walter Murch tries to infuse the story with the inventiveness and adventure of the Star Wars saga, but the results are disappointing."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Should've stuck to that yellow brick road"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Despite the presence of Billina the talking hen, the emphasis on insecurity and peril harks back to the treat-'em-rough days of children's fiction, and the disturbing/comforting ratio tilts conclusively towards the former."
‑ , Time Out
"1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"A forgotten classic."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"An underrated little romp, surprisingly faithful to L. Frank Baum's atmosphere... though obviously it's all overshadowed by that other Oz flick."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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