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Oz the Great and Powerful

MPAA Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes (127 minutes)

Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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4.5 out of 5

Oz the Great and Powerful Review

What's Good:
Superb visual effects, great story and it's in a mood of adventure throughout.
What's Bad:
A bit weak plot compared to the prequel.
Verdict:
A must watch for all the kids and families out there, finally a power-packed entertainer after some dull time at boxoffice.
Watch or Not:
Must Watch!

Audience Ratings for Oz the Great and Powerful

45.0%
39 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well.

Critics Reviews for Oz the Great and Powerful

32 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 41 | Positive Review: 13 | Negative Review: 28 | Average Rating: 2.6/5

An imaginative mix of live-action and CGI that pays homage to the iconic images and timeless sense of wonder in the classic The Wizard of Oz without being too deferential.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 10, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Oz the Great and Powerful is entirely serviceable family entertainment. Problem is, serviceable doesn't quite cut it when you're talking about the magical land of Oz.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Randy Myers
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Aside from a trio of witches that can hold its own with Eastwick's in the dishiness department, Oz the Great and Powerful is a peculiarly joyless occasion.

March 8, 2013 Full Review
David Edelstein
David Edelstein
New York Magazine

Let us take a moment to praise two great and surprisingly powerful characters: a winged monkey and a wee girl made out of china. Because so much human wonder resides in these two creations of make-up, puppetry, digital effects and lovely performances.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The new Oz falls short of the 1939 Oz in charm and innocence, and certainly in songs. But as family entertainment, it's hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling.

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Tom Charity
Tom Charity
CNN.com

Oz the Great and Powerful somehow manages to be both slavish to its hallowed template (when convenient) and completely tone-deaf to the magic that made it a one-of-a-kind cultural milestone.
Critic Score: D

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Chris Vognar
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Raimi's film is supposed to be about magic, but magic is in scant supply.
Critic Score: C+

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

"Oz the Great and Powerful" will likely dazzle family audiences while satisfying movie purists. Somewhere over the rainbow there may be a more magical movie, but this will certainly do.
Critic Score: B

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

A Blunder-full Blizzard of Blahs.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

It's a journey of self-discovery, rife with movie cliches about believing in yourself, believing in your dreams, yada-yada.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Where's the gentle sentiment? The quiet moral lessons? The warm comforting message of family, and home, and realizing that the thing you needed most was really inside you, all the time?
Critic Score: 2/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Oz the Great and Powerful aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on The Wizard of Oz and still hold the classic dear while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

A visually over-crammed, emotionally empty mega-spectacle on the model of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate

A partially effective jumble whose elements clash rather than cohere, this solid but not spectacular effort stubbornly refuses to catch fire until it's almost too late.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The more you like the Judy Garland film, the more you might appreciate "Oz the Great and Powerful."
Critic Score: 3/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

[Oz] qualifies as a cautionary tale, not about the perils of ambition and selfishness, but about the movie industry's misguided belief that it can distract the audience from a film's narrative weaknesses with little more than flash and spectacle.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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 considerable digital wizardry.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR

Relax, my pretties. "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a lollapalooza of funhouse thrills and visually sumptuous filmmaking.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

... as limitless technology teaches the wizard about his own human limitations, Franco hits grace notes that let us see glimmers of how great and powerful this uneven Oz might have been.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What does it say about "Oz the Great and Powerful" that China Doll, a creature born of digital code, is the movie's most affecting character?

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

You could easily see this playing as part of a double bill with The Wizard of Oz, even if the effects in Raimi's film often look cheesier than the ones in its 74-year-old predecessor.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's not like there's zero fun factor here, by a long shot - but the fun comes yoked to a long-winded and predictable story with lots of dead spots.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

A reasonably smart, imaginative spin on the 1939 MGM classic.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Franco is, frankly, too callow, too feckless, too much the dude for this role.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Sam Raimi brings the jokey, adolescent sensibility of his Drag Me to Hell to this lavish Wizard of Oz prequel, and the result is as unshapely as that premise would suggest.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

If it only had a brain. Or a heart. Or nerve.
Critic Score: 0/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A dispiriting, infuriating jumble of big money, small ideas and ugly visuals ...
Critic Score: 2/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Manohla Dargis
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

An oppressive, bloated bore, the latest argument that CGI kills the imaginations of talented filmmakers.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

"Oz the Great and Powerful" isn't a masterpiece for the ages, but an agreeable family film that pleasantly reminds us of something greater - of a land that we heard of, once in a lullaby.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

I suspect there's just enough heart in this sleek Tin Man of a project to connect with an audience.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It might have been more interesting if Raimi had attempted to shoot an "Oz" prequel using only the tools available to Victor Fleming and King Vidor in the late 1930s.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

The 3-D effects are plentiful - hats, lions, and baboons jump off the screen and into your lap - but the characters rarely lodge in the moviegoer's heart.

March 6, 2013 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It's not bad. Some bits are enjoyable. But ultimately, other than some genuinely impressive visuals, it never makes a compelling-enough case to justify its existence.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 6, 2013 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The new spinoff from L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz may not be great, exactly, but it is powerfully entertaining.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 6, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

People just can't get enough of this stuff. To paraphrase Sam Goldwyn, include me in.

March 6, 2013 Full Review
Rex Reed
New York Observer

While [Raimi's] Oz is like retinal crack, he never seduces our hearts and minds.
Critic Score: C+

March 6, 2013 Full Review
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Throughout, I longed for the Raimi of old-or even of 2009's deliciously gross throwback Drag Me to Hell ...

March 5, 2013 Full Review
Scott Foundas
Village Voice

Director Sam Raimi's dull, kitschy and overlong patchwork is sadly an epic fail - despite the presence of Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis as a trio of witches.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 5, 2013 Full Review
Lou Lumenick
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The raised eyebrows and slightly silly tone are all a little bit of a put on, but neither Franco nor anyone else goes full Depp in this one.
Critic Score: B

March 5, 2013 Full Review
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com

Oz the Great and Powerful can be enjoyed, up to a point, on its own colorful, diverting but finally rather futile terms.

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Justin Chang
Justin Chang
Variety

Quite the opposite of the great earlier film, the Oz here is a dull place to be. Given the choice, you might even consider going back to Kansas.

March 1, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

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