Oz the Great and Powerful Reviews

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Marc Fennell
Triple J
April 8, 2013
Stunning visuals, some suprising plot twists, dreadfully mediocre dialogue delivered by a woefully miscast James Franco.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
March 31, 2013
Sam Raimi has managed to recapture the feel and charm of the original 'Wizard of Oz'... and that may be the greatest compliment of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
The script is the real problem, lacking in humor and wit (not to mention jaunty musical numbers) and emphasizing the type of sensory overload that seems to pass for family entertainment these days.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 24, 2013
Raimi tries to go all in, but the update can't match the character of the original
David Poland
Movie City News
March 22, 2013
There were things that offered promise... but one after the other, they blended into the blandness of the storytelling.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 22, 2013
That the female roles are the most memorable is intriguing since Oz the Great and Powerful is arguably at heart a broadside against male chauvinism
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
March 19, 2013
It took courage to believe anything could and should be added to The Wizard of Oz. It took brains to create such a sumptuous fantasia with pixels and keyboard swipes. Now, if it only had a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 19, 2013
When a movie is as beloved as The Wizard of Oz, making a prequel would seem a foolhardy enterprise. Put one foot on the Yellow Brick Road and you risk stepping on your viewers' memories and dreams. Yet Raimi rises to the challenge with dash and dazzle.
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
March 18, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful should probably have been titled Oz the so-so and Kind of Entertaining or Oz, At Least It's Better than The Wonderful Land of Oz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 17, 2013
You've got to love any movie that features an army of rollicking Munchkins getting halfway through a Danny Elfman song before, basically, they're told to shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2013
[Director Sam] Raimi fills every square centimetre of the frame with aggressively attractive images...Simply put, Oz is simply beautiful to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
March 17, 2013
It's Mila Kunis! And she's dressed like she took the wrong tornado on the way to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Neal
The Standard
March 17, 2013
Oz The Great And Powerful is as good as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
March 15, 2013
You know, its heart was in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
March 15, 2013
Just like Dorothy's technicolour journey before, this trip through Oz is once again smeared by this ill deserving charlatan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 15, 2013
If you liked Hugo you'll be pleased with Oz's coterie of zoopraxiscopes and praxinoscopes and zoetropes (Oh, my!).
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 15, 2013
The hackneyed message is about the importance of 'belief,' but in what? The idea that even the most talented and impressive women should move aside if a man wants to be in charge?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 15, 2013
Franco hasn't mastered dialogue rhythm and there are times when the movie stalls while he gets off a line BUT, the road ahead in this glorious $235M production is lined with gold, like the invention of the exquisite China Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 15, 2013
There is also a message. This time it is not 'There is no place like home.' It is more like 'If we believe in ourselves and work together, with courage, we can do anything.' Nice message, that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 15, 2013
(James) Franco's performance is one of the better, more genuine things about Disney's given-to-excess adaptation/prequel. Still, the movie is on the whole engaging and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B=
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