Oz: The Great and Powerful Reviews

  • If you don't leave Oz with a smile on your face and bounce in your step, then you're a miserable grouch that surely needs a hug.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • While [Raimi's] Oz is like retinal crack, he never seduces our hearts and minds.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • A dispiriting, infuriating jumble of big money, small ideas and ugly visuals ...

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Franco is, frankly, too callow, too feckless, too much the dude for this role.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

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

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • If it only had a brain. Or a heart. Or nerve.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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?

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I suspect there's just enough heart in this sleek Tin Man of a project to connect with an audience.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • It's a journey of self-discovery, rife with movie cliches about believing in yourself, believing in your dreams, yada-yada.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

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

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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

    Justin Chang — Variety

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