Wizards (1977)

In this animated futuristic tale, a pair of twins must fight for domination of what is left of the world, the good man using the powers of magic in an attempt to save the Earth, and the evil twin taking advantage of the horrors of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 9, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ralph Bakshi's animated sword-and-sorcery tale is a long way from his best work, marred by cut-rate techniques and a shapeless screenplay.

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Jeremy Heilman

Bakshi's filmmaking is sloppy and slapdash at times, to be sure, but it is also uncompromising.

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R. L. Shaffer

Story and characters leave much to be desired, but there's something wonderful about this refreshingly gritty, innovative animated feature.

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Time Out

Moderate fun here and there.

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Eric Melin

The story is kind of a mess, but Wizards goes beyond your standard sword and sorcery tale into some heavy surrealism.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Its status as a low-budget cult film seems secure. I just don't think it's as good a film as it might have been with more restrained storytelling or art design.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Mr. Bakshi's allegory is fairly obvious from the outset, but he and his animators are convincingly professional. They have devised a melange of animation and live footage that gives their feature mystical, slightly scary and, occasionally, comic tones.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a unique film unlike anything else you'll see from this era

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Wizards is meant to be vast, but its smallest moments tend to be the most memorable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Bakshi's first foray into fantasy animation and the experience he needed to gain confidence for his vision of 'The Lord of the Rings'. The story… More
Luke Baldock
This bizarre and unique film could only have come from the mind of Bakshi. Throw all of your preconceptions of animation aside and enjoy this artistically… More
Aj V
Bakshi's fantasy sci-fi movie has his great animated style as always, and the story is very interesting. I enjoyed this movie, and if you like… More
Curtis Lilly
Pretty neat at times. The rotoscoped marching of innumerable troops got old real fast, but otherwise you can't deny a story that involves cartoon wizards… More
Tim Salmons
Extraordinary adult-themed cartoon. The confrontation at the end is worth your time alone.
Jason Spencer
A sci fi cartoon that is as shocking as it is artful. This one is not for the kids. The style is different than what I have seen before and the story is… More