Parents' Guide to

The Witches of Oz

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Muddled Oz-based fantasy has some intense action.

Movie PG 2012 164 minutes
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There's little new here, and the plot is muddled and poorly executed. (It's also overly long, running more than two-and-a-half hours, since it was originally conceived as a TV miniseries.) Rojas is an appealing actress who does the best she can with the material, but in the end there's not much that she (or Lloyd, hamming it up) can do to save The Witches of Oz.

The film starts with characters we all know and love and then transports them into a standard evil-witch-bent-on-taking-over-the-world story. Much of the joy of the original Wizard of Oz is that it's so unlike any other tale, yet it delivers a story with universal appeal. This overly complicated plot, on the other hand, mixes the Oz mythos with yet another nasty villain seeking some magical artifact that will give her the power to Rule the World.

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