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Oz the Great and Powerful Reviews

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September 5, 2017
With flying monkeys, Yellow Brick Road and sequin-spangled witches all faithfully reproduced, it's impossible to see this as a standalone film, given it looks like an HD colouring book version of the original movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 1, 2016
Visually, Oz: The Great and Powerful is a delight that caters to all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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+
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-
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-
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
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
June 13, 2013
This eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
Read More | 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
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+
March 17, 2013
Oz The Great And Powerful is as good as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2013
If you liked Hugo you'll be pleased with Oz's coterie of zoopraxiscopes and praxinoscopes and zoetropes (Oh, my!).
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
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