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Oz the Great and Powerful Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 20, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
June 1, 2016
Visually, Oz: The Great and Powerful is a delight that caters to all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 15, 2016
For as high it soars in its opening twenty-five minutes, its midsection falls just as flat, before its director takes back the reigns in time for an exceptional finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 30, 2016
Disney spent more than $200 million on this special effects film, and while the pacing and the visuals captivate, it's really James Franco's performance as the Wizard and an abundance of allusions to the 1939 classic that make it fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
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.
Sam Fragoso
Movie Mezzanine
February 1, 2014
Antithetical to the horror excursions Sam Raimi built his name on, iOz the Great and Powerful is a heartwarming fantasy drenched in opulence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 20, 2013
Just not the best director Sam Raimi is capable of offering his audience...
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 13, 2013
A marvelously candy-colored and overall-pretty-fun-nothing-great-but-it's-all-right fantasy adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Director Sam Raimi creates a magical experience for viewers in this beautiful and engaging prequel to "The Wizard of Oz."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 28, 2013
...Oz the Great and Powerful fares somewhat better than most similarly-themed, geared-at-kids big-budget fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013
A poorly written film with a vibrant palette that cannot hide the wickedness in its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
June 13, 2013
This eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.
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
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 11, 2013
For a movie that looks gorgeous, evokes memories of a cinematic classic and boasts a bundle of star power, Oz the Great and Powerful is oddly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2013
The funny, warm-hearted "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful" veers far enough from the Yellow Brick Road paved by the original film to avoid dangerous direct comparisons.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
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