Return to Oz
Return to Oz (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 21, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 10, 1999
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.

Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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TV Guide

There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there.

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Time Out

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.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

A forgotten classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Ah, the long forgotten sequel, of sorts, to the classic 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. Now, this little gem of a movie was actually loosely based on the… More
Dean McKenna
If you loved <i>The Wizard of Oz</i>, you'll like accompanying Dorothy (played by Fairuza Balk) on this second thrilling adventure based on L.… More
Directors Cat
Good Effects and developed characters. A sequel to The Wizard of Oz was a good idea, but there was no excitement in this film, and I remember watching this on… More
Megan S
This movie was just weird. The special effects were so 1985, lol. It was strange watching Fairuza Balk as a small child.
Jacob Ethington
Hideously HIDEOUSLY underrated. Seriously. This is actually quite an interesting film. It's completely unlike its predecessor, the original 1939… More
Aj V
The worst Wizard of Oz movie I've ever seen. This sequel to the Garland film has a realistic beginning, and then she returns to Oz which is completely… More