Oz the Great and Powerful
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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 dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"This is the kind of movie that doesn't so much rush off the screen as it prances off with its nose turned up in the air."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"...Oz the Great and Powerful fares somewhat better than most similarly-themed, geared-at-kids big-budget fare."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Antithetical to the horror excursions Sam Raimi built his name on, iOz the Great and Powerful is a heartwarming fantasy drenched in opulence."
‑ Sam Fragoso, Movie Mezzanine
"A marvelously candy-colored and overall-pretty-fun-nothing-great-but-it's-all-right fantasy adventure."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"It strays so far from the whimsy and joy of the original that you forget the two films are even part of the same universe."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"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."
‑ Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"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."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"Just not the best director Sam Raimi is capable of offering his audience..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Director Sam Raimi creates a magical experience for viewers in this beautiful and engaging prequel to "The Wizard of Oz.""
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"A poorly written film with a vibrant palette that cannot hide the wickedness in its soul."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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