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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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