The Wiz
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Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It lost its magic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Among many faults, Diana Ross is miscast"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This one's so bad it's good, but not so good that I'd say that it isn't bad."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A celebration of personhood with plenty of rousing rock-and-soul-and gospel music."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Nearly as lame as its reputation suggests."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Flat-footed screen version of a jubilant show; a miscast mess, sad to say"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A total misfire; Ross was too old for Dorothy. Badly dated, doesn't hold up at all."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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