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Based on 42 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 66 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's no Judy Garland songs, no Scarecrow, no Tin Man, no Cowardly Lion. There's also no simplicity, no magic, no truth. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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 glad to see. Have fun with ... But as for love - well, love will be harder to come by. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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 shiny, with no heart. show more

  • NA
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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 feels like Oz. show more

  • 40
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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 more like it. show more

  • 60
    Bob Mondello NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's familiar enough to be comfortable but not so familiar that it feels worn and repetitive. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Nothing in it comes close to the magic, the originality or the everlasting entertainment value of the original, which only cost $2.777 million and didn’t use a single computer-generated graphic. This says more about how much better movies were in 1939 than they are today. Still, I had enough fun to predict that history (or at least a tiny piece of it) seems destined to repeat itself. People just can’t get enough of this stuff. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The cast, plainly packed with second or third choices, lets it down. Is there anything in James Franco’s past that suggests larger-than-life, a fast-talking, womanizing con-man? And the three witches – Theodora, Evanora and Glinda – are Bland, Blander and Blond Bland. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Some of the surprises in Oz the Great and Powerful, the much-anticipated "Wizard of Oz" origins movie, are delightful. Others, however, sink the movie just below the point of recommendation, with the primary drawback falling on the lovely shoulders of Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis, as early versions of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. show more

  • July 28, 2013 BlondeDee
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    I\'ll stick with the original. This was a long and boring movie. Even the acting was bad. I think James Franco is overrated. The porcelain doll was annoying and added nothing to the movie.

  • July 06, 2013 What it do?
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    BORING.. I haven\'t fell asleep in a movie sense i was 13 and this movie did it for me. I dont think I saw but 5minutes of action in the movie ! YAWN

  • July 01, 2013 yd00000000155853
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    it was OK i was not impressed

  • June 18, 2013 anysonnyprice
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    Sooooo boring! my daughters were bored out of their minds. The original was and will always be the best! The actors were so dramatic, it was pathetic!

  • June 15, 2013 mrgdwrench4111
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    much better than i thouhgt it would be . A good movie worth seeing or renting

  • April 27, 2013 kr00000000146899
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    The most colorful movie you could see. The story makes me want to see The Wizard of Oz all over again. Loved the witches.

  • April 27, 2013 DJ
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    Really enjoyed this movie. I understood that this was a prequel to the Wizard of Oz so I knew it wasn\'t a remake. The storyline was good and I really liked the scenery and characters. Worth the time to see it.

  • April 13, 2013 ricci614
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    Thoughtful and exciting prequel to the Judy Garland film. Nice job establishing how familiar characters became who they are in the classic musical adaptation. Unlike Disney\'s dark and moody \"Return to Oz\", this film plays into audience\'s expectations while still finding ways to surprise.

  • April 07, 2013 ildrdetroitil
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    Boring! Set your alarm for 2 hours and ********** the end.

  • April 02, 2013 cmpandolfo
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    I thought it was pretty good. Nice to see a movie for a change that I don\'t have to cover my ears (profanity) or eyes (sex). Franco is very handsome, which doesn\'t hurt.


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