The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination.… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: August 25, 1939
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

Judy Garland is perfectly cast as Dorothy. She is as clever a little actress as she is a singer and her special style of vocalizing is ideally adapted to the music of the picture.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The blend of old-fashioned, classic storytelling with cutting-edge technology is undeniably enthralling.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

More than a movie classic, it's an essential part of the popular culture, thanks to film revivals and the annual TV ritual that, sooner or later, captured every kid growing up in the sixties and seventies.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

In truth, any opportunity to see the film on the big screen is welcome.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The result is quite stunning and a lot less gimmicky than it could have been.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] As thick with allegory as any Shakespeare play, "The Wizard of Oz" is the greatest children's movie ever made, and that probably ever will be made.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The greatest American movie fantasy.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Knowing that it was made without a single computer, and entirely by human ingenuity, makes it all the more worthy of marveling at, 75 years and an added dimension later.

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Kansas City Star

The music is good, and the public has not been given such a smooth running, well oiled, expert spectacle since the great days of the silent movies when Doug Fairbanks Sr. made the first Robin Hood and The Thief of Bagdad.

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