Oz The Great and Powerful 3D Synopsis
A shady circus magician thinks he's hit the jackpot when he's cast into the magical land of Oz.

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
That's why the more you like the Judy Garland film, the more you might appreciate Oz the Great and Powerful. Appreciate. Enjoy. Admire. Be...
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Nothing in it comes close to the magic, the originality or the everlasting entertainment value of the original, which only cost $2.777...
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By James Berardinelli
It's familiar enough to be comfortable but not so familiar that it feels worn and repetitive.
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By Bob Mondello
Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of how the Wizard came to Oz, answering a question I suspect no one was asking, but with...
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Entertainment Weekly

The film is stuffed with three endings too many. You can't blame Raimi for wanting to give us our money's worth. But after a while, you...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Which is precisely what’s missing from Oz the Great and Powerful: that sense of emotional journey.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's no Judy Garland songs, no Scarecrow, no Tin Man, no Cowardly Lion. There's also no simplicity, no magic, no truth.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A miscast James Franco and a lack of charm and humor doom Sam Raimi's prequel to the 1939 Hollywood classic. Oz the Wimpy and Weak would be...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Oz the Great and Powerful, like so many products of movie studios that have lost their way, is a Tin Man of epic proportions — bright and...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Don’t be fooled by the smoke and mirrors. There is nothing here that is great, or powerful. Worst of all, there’s nothing here that even...
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Oz The Good and Entertaining

By MedRed
Oz The Great and Powerful has great things going for it. The visuals were vibrant and beautiful.The CGI is really good. This movie has the best use of 3D I've seen outside of an animated film (better...

Great 3D Effects

By Bearfist
I'm not sure if it will be the blockbuster they're hoping for but then I thought John Carter would be successful... Anyways, a bit slow in some parts but overall a good movie with sometimes great...

A fantastic beginning to the Oz story.

By relfaithsp
OK, to answer critics. If you're looking for action and explosions every second, go see something else. If you like the original Wizard of Oz, and you understand that this is a pre-quel based on the...

This really worked for me!

By pedsarq
What a great expansion (also technically a prequel) to the original The Wizard of Oz story/movie. Franco does a terrific job of playing the carnival wizard/con-man who gets flown to Oz by a freakish...

Better Than Expected, 3D is a MUST!

By msternal
Seeing that Oz is sacred movie territory, my expectations were high. I was not left disappointed. I could not imagine watching this movie in standard viewing. There is so much to take in viewing...


By tyfoun611
The movies had surprises, adventure. It was so colorful and beautiful you wanted to become part of the movie, because the people were nice, and it would be nice if that was how the real world was....

Oz Great and Powerful

By 1952JKH
Loved the movie. It revives the beloved Wizard of Oz that I have enjoyed for so many years. Great effects and the 3D was the best I have seen in a long time. Answers a lot of the questions we all...

The Whole Family Loved It!!!

By kimmeebeemee
My family went to see it on Sunday with some friends and my daughter (7) and I were so excited my husband and son (14) not so much, but when we walked out laughing and talking and rehashing the whole...

Oz The Great and Powerful 3D

By moon_gypsy
The 3D effects in this movie were great. However in my personal opinion, the movie starts off slow.I think it should have been rated 13 & up, as certain characters popping up unexpectedly on the 3D...

Great Movie

By stressed_36
I love the fact that they were ablet o keep someof the original parts, and it showed what made the second sister so evil. My husband and I really enjoyed watching it. It is a must see in 3D to get...

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Rated PG | For Sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Colorful prequel is scarier, less magical than the original.
Read the Common Sense Media Review