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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
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+
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-
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
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
| 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
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!).
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
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