Parents' Guide to

The Wizard of Oz

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

One of the best family films ever made; has scary moments.

Movie G 1939 101 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 58 parent reviews

age 12+

I like the movie it has very good messages for kids
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (58 ):
Kids say (175 ):

Director Victor Fleming's film is a masterpiece of early cinema. Not only does The Wizard of Oz have one of the most iconic leads and one of the finest examples of the hero's journey, which has influenced every epic quest tale from Star Wars to Harry Potter, but it's also a magical combination of drama, adventure, fantasy, and musical. It's a testament to the movie's universal appeal that many decades later, The Wizard of Oz is still culturally significant -- from Halloween costumes to sing-along-shows to remixes of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Garland, who was only 16 when Oz was filmed, is sublime as Dorothy, especially when she sings. Although contemporary moviegoers may be used to precocious young "triple threats" marketed by Disney and Nickelodeon, Garland was one of the first. Her impressively mature voice soars beyond the rainbow and into viewers' hearts. Beyond Dorothy, there's the amazing trifecta of theater-trained actors (Lahr, Bolger, Haley) who played her yellow-brick-road companions. Hamilton is deliciously evil as the green-skinned witch, and Burke is memorably comforting as the beautiful good witch Glinda. Everyone should experience The Wizard of Oz multiple times in their lives; it's simply a must-see film.

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