Oz The Great and Powerful An IMAX 3D Experience 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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Critic Ratings


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 Vacuous

By rlanderholm
Good special effects. Brainless, cliche, predictable writing. Franco miscast, plastic, and one quickly tires of his cheesy grin. Jokes come off flat. This story could have been so much more; but...

See this movie in IMAX 3D!

By krzyleo
I just saw this movie. It was a delight. I really felt like I was in a different world. It's the little things in the movie that give a tip of the hat to the Wizard of Oz. I really enjoyed it. I...


By movieseacher35
3D was 100/100 the story was epic everything about it was good. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole movie!...

OZ the rehashed and weak

By rbinchgo
I had to see it in IMAX 3D at a real IMAX theater. Don't waste your money. It is the same story retold with the wizard playing dorothy, the monkey, china doll playing the scarecrow etc and the...

critics are correct: acting is mediocre, but still wildly entertaining!

By alexandadria
James Franco didn't capture the character of Oz correctly. The witches were also second rate in their acting. However, as an overall, performance, I was on the edge of my seat. I laughed, jumped up...

Don't waste your money

By ryan.murph86
If you're interested in seeing James Franco and Mila Kunis looking overly astonished at a bunch of obvious green-screen/CGI effects, I guess this wouldn't be a total waste of your time. Rachel Weisz...

OZ - different

By slw95756
Saw this movie in IMAX 3-D. Sound and visual special effects were nothing less than amazing. Storyline is cute, but could have been about 20min shorter. I want my own "Finley" :)...

Great 3D movie in IMAX

By Garvone
The movie is very entertaining, the 2 hours plus went very quickly. The 3D movies are alot of fun and this is a great story about the Wizard. Great movie for the kids who are 7 and above. Not so much...

A visual delight for the kid in all of us!

By MoviefanLucas
I didn't go into this movie with high expectations but it did look visually outstanding and that it was! This is probably one of the best looking movies i've ever seen visually but other than that...

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Rated PG | For Sequences of Action, Brief Mild Language and Scary Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Colorful prequel is scarier, less magical than the original.
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