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: March 8, 2013
DVD 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

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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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

With flying monkeys, Yellow Brick Road and sequin-spangled witches all faithfully reproduced, it's impossible to see this as a standalone film, given it looks like an HD colouring book version of the original movie.

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Leonard Maltin

This eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.

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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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

This is most definitely a 'Sam Raimi film,' filled with shots and camera techniques he perfected in the Evil Dead pictures before bringing them to the mainstream.

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James Berardinelli

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.

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

The script just isn't that compelling. The film looks pretty great, but it's ultimately flash over substance; a boredom recipe for anyone over the age of 6.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I presume this film must be made up of various bits n bobs from Baum's sequel books as I don't believe there was a prequel story/book written. All his… 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
Carlos Magalhães
An exciting roller coaster of a prequel with endless welcome references to the original movie and tons of more adventure and exuberant visuals that look quite… More
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
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