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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Second bucket of water, please. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    Maybe this is unreasonable, but I can’t help thinking that if you’re going to make a movie with “Oz” in the title, you’d better be prepared to kick in at least a little inspiration. Yet that’s precisely what’s missing — so utterly absent it’s almost impressive in a way — in the painfully uninspired Legends of Oz.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It’s a loud Oz hodgepodge that never adheres to a prevailing tone long enough to allow viewers to emotionally engage with those characters in spite of some admittedly inspired CG flourishes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Kids will like well-intentioned sequel, but it lacks magic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a sweet, if unoriginal, 3D animated musical that boasts a cast of characters who will be familiar to fans of the original Wizard of Oz, as well as many new ones. This time around, Dorothy (voiced by Glee's Lea Michele) returns to Oz to help face a new calamity. Expect some battles that may be scary for younger kids (especially in 3D) -- the flying monkeys are, as always, menacing, as is the central villain, the Jester, who essentially tortures the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man. Another character is gravely hurt after a skirmish, and Dorothy's Kansas home is shown as having sustained a lot of damage from the tornado that first took her to Oz. On the up side, there's no swearing (though words like "knucklehead" and "fool" are used), sex, drinking, or other iffy stuff.

  • Families can talk about how Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return compares to the original Wizard of Oz. Is it as scary? Scarier? Why? How does the fact that this movie is animated (versus the original's live action) affect the impact of the more frightening scenes/creatures?
  • Dorothy makes new friends on this adventure. Are they similar to or different than the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion? What are the lessons she learns this time around? Are they different from the original?
  • Should some movies be left alone without a sequel? Or is it fun to see Dorothy's story continue?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Children will learn a little about what happens after a disaster, since Dorothy's family is shown dealing with the aftermath of the tornado. A streak of activism runs through the film, as Dorothy fights for her family's right to stay in their home and rebuild.

  • message true1

    Messages: Power corrupts, and so can hungering for it. Also, you can do anything you want if you set your mind to it. So think positively!

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Dorothy is brave, humble, and caring, and she wants to stand up for what's right. Her friends also embody positive character traits, including courage, determination, generosity, and commitment.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: In 3D, some of the battle scenes (even if they're between flying monkeys and chocolate soldiers) can be intense, especially for very young children. After one skirmish, a character is injured severely, and younger viewers may be upset. The Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow are tortured by a villain; his "punishments" include submerging the Tin Man in water and attaching the Scarecrow to a spinning wheel surrounded by fire. Kansas is shown as having been ravaged by the tornado that originally transported Dorothy to Oz.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Innocent romance between two of Dorothy's new friends.

  • language false0

    Language: Words like "fool" and "knucklehead" are used to disparage others.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Although there are no product placements in the actual film, Legends of Oz has lots of merchandise/tie-ins available.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable