The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Dean Essner - Variety
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.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
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.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
1985 sequel to American classic is tin-eared and creepy.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
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.
Dean Essner - Time Out
A forgotten classic.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I can see why the Judy Garland fans might not appreciate this weird little adaptation, but it's actually pretty good!
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Director Walter Murch tries to infuse the story with the inventiveness and adventure of the Star Wars saga, but the results are disappointing.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Faithfully brings the Oz books to life. A classic.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Return to Oz is hardly as kid-friendly as The Wizard of Oz, but older children with a taste for the fantastic will find it interesting. Adult Oz fans will find it entertaining as well.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Should've stuck to that yellow brick road
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
An underrated little romp, surprisingly faithful to L. Frank Baum's atmosphere... though obviously it's all overshadowed by that other Oz flick.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
moody non-musical sequel to 'The Wizard of Oz' bombed at the box office and was faulted by most critics as being too weird and scary for kids.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette