Oz the Great and Powerful
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It suffers from some tonal inconsistency and a deflated sense of wonder, but Oz the Great and Powerful still packs enough visual dazzle and clever wit to be entertaining in its own right.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

The twister that comes to whirl Oscar into Oz is so preordained you could find its departure information and flight time from an airport travel board.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Aside from a trio of witches that can hold its own with Eastwick's in the dishiness department, Oz the Great and Powerful is a peculiarly joyless occasion.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

While the movie looks great and kicks into satisfying high gear as it heads toward the last act...the tinhorn feeling of the bulk...leaves one yearning for another trip down the yellow brick road-the one first glimpsed by audiences in 1939.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

An imaginative mix of live-action and CGI that pays homage to the iconic images and timeless sense of wonder in the classic The Wizard of Oz without being too deferential.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Let us take a moment to praise two great and surprisingly powerful characters: a winged monkey and a wee girl made out of china. Because so much human wonder resides in these two creations of make-up, puppetry, digital effects and lovely performances.

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Sam Fragoso
Movie Mezzanine

Antithetical to the horror excursions Sam Raimi built his name on, iOz the Great and Powerful is a heartwarming fantasy drenched in opulence.

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Oz the Great and Powerful is entirely serviceable family entertainment. Problem is, serviceable doesn't quite cut it when you're talking about the magical land of Oz.

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Tom Charity
CNN.com

The new Oz falls short of the 1939 Oz in charm and innocence, and certainly in songs. But as family entertainment, it's hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Just not the best director Sam Raimi is capable of offering his audience...

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
Light, fluffy yet endearing Disney entertainment.
Chris Weber
Sam Raimi returned from a 4 year absence to helm this visually striking return to the magical, wonderful Land of Oz. Set 20 years prior to the events of L.… More
vieras esine
So much effort was spent on making the surroundings look lovely, so why did the costuming and the special effects look so cheap? Especially Theodora and… More
Thomas Johnston
As much as I like James Franco... his performance was not enough to save this 3D movie with a little story to go with it.
Lafe Fredbjornson
My review echos that of many others: the main Wizard character was an unlikeable womanizer and acted with no real passion or conviction by James Franco. There… More
Mario L McKellop
"The Wizard of Oz" is as close to perfect as any film can be. The Technicolor process never made any film brighter and there's never been an… More