The Wiz
The Wiz (1978)

Dorothy, a young African-American kindergarten teacher leaves a large family dinner one night to chase after her dog during a New York City snowstorm and gets swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the urban version of the land of Oz.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It lost its magic.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Among many faults, Diana Ross is miscast

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

This one's so bad it's good, but not so good that I'd say that it isn't bad.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A celebration of personhood with plenty of rousing rock-and-soul-and gospel music.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nearly as lame as its reputation suggests.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Flat-footed screen version of a jubilant show; a miscast mess, sad to say

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A total misfire; Ross was too old for Dorothy. Badly dated, doesn't hold up at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
With the charm bringing by the stars and the director Lumet, The Wiz, isn't a film really good. Showing along the picture an expectable end and apparent… More
Tim Salmons
Ha Ha! Can't say I hold this in high esteem.
Randy Tippy
Other than a few moments here and there, time has not been kind to this Motown spectacle.
Jason Owens
Just average. I watched it because it was related to the "Wizard of Oz", which is one of my all-time favorites, and it has Michael Jackson (I love his… More
AJ Verser
This is one of those movies people either love or hate, personally I hated it when I saw it as a kid, it seemed to me that this was just the Wizard of Oz with… More
Candy Rose
Dorothy (Diana) is caught up in a cyclone when she chases her dog. She ends up in the urban version of Oz. Michael Jackson plays the scarecrow.

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