Oz the Great and Powerful Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Raimi's 'Oz' is nothing more than a grand theft of a 74-year-old vision, thinly veiled in over-saturated colors and populated with action-figure friendly characters sure to set the Mouse's cash registers ringing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
March 7, 2013
Disney's extravagantly flashy "Oz the Great and Powerful" all but snuffs out the horsefeather magic and carnival heart that provides what little enchantment the film conjures.
Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
John Serba
MLive.com
June 11, 2013
Thick with director Sam Raimi's gonzo flourishes, but thin on character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
March 7, 2013
"Oz" suffers from a gluttonous use of CGI and an incredibly weak story, but the biggest problem is James Franco as the titular character.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 7, 2013
The film's CGI'd talking monkey is more alive than Franco. And it totally looks fake.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
March 8, 2013
If I see "Oz" on the poster then I expect something "great and powerful", and "acceptable" just won't cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
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
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2013
A prequel that plays out like fan fiction written for Playboy magazine. It succeeds with a little nostalgia but it's mostly a complete abomination
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2013
An amorphous melange of ill-fitting reference points and misappropriated aesthetics, a lumbering family blockbuster both tiresome and wholly indistinct.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
March 5, 2013
What it lacks, rather like Oscar himself, is any authentic magic: the script's post-'Shrek' wisecracks feel especially out of place, and the over-processed digital landscapes can't match the beauty of handmade Hollywood artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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"?
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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2013
Sam Raimi brings the jokey, adolescent sensibility of his Drag Me to Hell to this lavish Wizard of Oz prequel, and the result is as unshapely as that premise would suggest.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
March 7, 2013
This film never quite decides if it wants to be parody, comedy or fantasy. The result is a smug, overly ornamented amalgam of all three.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
March 7, 2013
Better than [Tim] Burton's dull acid trip down the rabbit hole, but that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
It pushes its gospel of modern "magic" - one third science, one third show biz, one third motivational speech - with Disney Channel earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 8, 2013
Oz remains a calculated studio endeavor, filled with awkward shifts between simple-minded humor, gooey sentimentality, lavish effect sequences and move-it-along storytelling.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 7, 2013
What does it say about "Oz the Great and Powerful" that China Doll, a creature born of digital code, is the movie's most affecting character?
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
February 28, 2013
All four principals and their director Sam Raimi emerge no worse off for the experience, but nor do they cover themselves in any type of ground-breaking glory.
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