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Oz The Great and Powerful 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...

OZ The Great ............... Disappointment

By Darkola
Took the wife to see this with hopes it would do justice to the original story The Wizard of Oz, unfortunatelly with all the improvements over the years with special effects, and even the acting being...

Couldn't wait to see it for months, left completely disappointed

By xtopher.r
The magic of "The Wizard of Oz" is nowhere to be seen in this movie. Not even a little Disney magic is traceable. There is no childlike innocence or quality to this movie, that we all know and love...

A Great and Powerful movie?

By StarTreatment
I did enjoy Oz the Great and Powerful. Yes, I've seen better movies, I've also seen a lot of movies that are a lot worse. I think that one of the elements that made this movies so-so for me is that I...

A real loser!

By shelleybelljones
This movie wasn't just bad, it was awful! The best actor was the animated china doll. It was a struggle to sit through the entire film....

Oz The Great and Powerful

By dzz10
A feast for the eyes but some very mediocre acting. James Franco and Mila Kunis were pretty awful but Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz,, and Joey King saved the movie. I couldn't help...

Under 40?

By nancycferrara
Go! Charming flick for the youngsters, But if you're over 50.... the feeling can't be replicated about how we felt the first time, or the second time..... or fifteenth time, we saw "The Wizard of...

OZ the Great and Powerful

By terryanns
I was really looking forward to this movie for myself and to see if it would be appropriate for my younger grand children. On the plus side the graphics and visuals were really great. On the down...

OZ The Great and Powerful

By flight51
while film is artistically spectacular, it does drag in spots and at least 15-20 minutes should have been cut from the film. And WHY didn't they fix that one strand of Glinda's hair? Bothered me...


By bill_janssen
I am a traditionalist and think certain movies should not be touched - but if they do, they must exceed beyond expectations. Unfortunately, Oz missed the mark. The movie relies too heavily on dry...

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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 Colorful prequel is scarier, less magical than the original.
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