Oz the Great and Powerful Reviews

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Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
March 14, 2013
Kunis just doesn't cut it as a witch, and Franco makes for an unintentionally goofy wizard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 14, 2013
Did anyone watch the 1939 movie and say, "it was good but I'm not satisfied that I know enough about the Wicked Witch of the West's early years"?
Neil Pond
American Profile
March 14, 2013
This fun-filled, fantastically rendered yellow-brick romp, a back-story companion piece, is festooned with its own characters and once-upon-a-time charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
March 14, 2013
A perfectly solid family adventure, one that's made all the more fun for cinebuffs by those signature Raimi touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 13, 2013
While there are quite a few fine things in Oz, I can't say I found the film entirely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 13, 2013
Sam Raimi made his first feature film, The Evil Dead, for $90,000. Now he has made Oz The Great and Powerful - a prequel to The Wizard of Oz - for 2,222 times that. The result is a thousand times less entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 13, 2013
Franco, grinning and smirking his way through his performance, can't compete with the witches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 13, 2013
The film blends together impressive special effects, a story about teamwork and the redemption of a man who finally strives for greatness into an effective family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 13, 2013
Enthralling enough to share a double feature bill with Victor Fleming's 1939 original.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
March 13, 2013
Both Franco and the overall aspects of the movie are better than I hoped for or expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2013
Pretty as all heck, in a manner that unquestionably reeks of Disney's attempt to sell you a theme park ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
March 11, 2013
It has the wow factor that big, Hollywood event movies demand. Raimi was the right person to elevate some pretty standard material, though Franco and Kunis may not have been the right people for the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
March 11, 2013
No Toto, no problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
March 11, 2013
In one picture we have everything that's right and wrong about the contemporary blockbuster experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 10, 2013
The film has lots of computer-generated special effects but no magic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2013
Raimi deploys enough magical moments elsewhere to see it through. Just.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
March 10, 2013
Visually spectacular, "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is a beautifully created film that really takes advantage of both super-sized screens and 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 10, 2013
Franco is as uncommitted as he is idiosyncratic. The boyish charm and toothy grin are perfect for the con man with dreams of glory and a weakness for the fairer sex, but he never seems to be more than playacting, rather than taking the role seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Movieline
March 10, 2013
A dazzling, thrilling and wonderfully entertaining brand new classic. This is a Wizard of 'Awe'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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