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: October 24, 1978
DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

If you can take it just as an occasion for the exercise of some real talents, a good time can be had much of the time.

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Emanuel Levy

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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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Sidney Lumet's spectacular, joyous production of The Wiz generates a mood of wonder and sentimental rapture recalling the arrival of the Mother Ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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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

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It lost its magic.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% 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
Aj V
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
Kevin M. Williams
You're thinking: "they updated the original ... with an all black cast?!?" and you would be right. Surprisingly though this version offers… 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

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