Oz the Great and Powerful


Oz the Great and Powerful

Critics Consensus

It suffers from some tonal inconsistency and a deflated sense of wonder, but Oz the Great and Powerful still packs enough visual dazzle and clever wit to be entertaining in its own right.



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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. -- (C) Walt Disney


Mila Kunis
as Theodora/Wicked Witch of the West
Rachel Weisz
as Evanora
Zach Braff
as Finley
Bill Cobbs
as Master Tinker
Joey King
as Girl in Wheelchair/China Girl
Tony Cox
as Knuck
Stephen R. Hart
as Winkie General
Bruce Campbell
as Winkie Gate Keeper
Ted Raimi
as Skeptic in Audience
Tim Holmes
as Strongman
Toni Wynne
as Strongman's Wife
Rob Crites
as Firebreather
William Dick
as Front Gate Barker
Gene Jones
as Wild West Barker
John Lord Booth III
as Oz's Tent Barker
Suzanne Keilly
as Concessioner
Shannon Murray
as Girl in Wheelchair's Mother
Ralph Lister
as Girl in Wheelchair's Father
John Michael Manfredi
as Disgruntled Kansas Man
Robert Stromberg
as Disgruntled Kansas Man
Channing Pierce
as Coochie Girl
Julie Gershenson
as Quadling Greeter
Daniel Nelson
as Quadling Man with Flowers
T.J. Jagodowski
as Quadling Mayor
John Paxton
as Elder Tinker
Melissa Exelberth
as Quadling Woman with Broom
Steve Forbes
as Quadling Farmer
Arnold Agee
as Quadling Blacksmith
Deborah Puette
as Quadling Baker
Julius Kline
as Quadling Scarecrow Maker
Theresa Tilly
as Quadling Seamstress
Betsy Baker
as Quadling Woman
Ellen Sandweiss
as Quadling Woman
Isabella Shepard
as Quadling Child
Sasha Reynolds
as Quadling Child
Ja'vonne Cousin
as Quadling Child
Victoria Lurz
as Quadling Child
Dashiell Raimi
as Quadling Bugle Boy
Oliver Raimi
as Quadling Drummer Boy
Brandon Hamilton
as Singing/Dancing Munchkin
Stevie "Puppet" Lee
as Munchkin Carriage Driver
Martin Klebba
as Munchkin Rebel
Danielle Ragland
as Female Munchkin Rebel
Bart McCarthy
as Emerald City Man
Timothy Patrick Quill
as Emerald City Man
Nicholas Lindsay-Abaire
as Emerald City Boy
Bill E. Rogers
as Emerald City Citizen
Mia Serafino
as Emerald City Citizen
Mikayla Bouchard
as Emerald City Citizen
Emma Raimi
as Emerald City Citizen
Jay Schwalm
as Emerald City Citizen
Jim Bird
as Emerald City Citizen
Chester Guilmet
as Emerald City Citizen
Jim Moll
as Emerald City Citizen
Danny Hicks
as Emerald City Citizen
Lanika Wise
as Emerald City Citizen
Nellie Ann Pristine-Lowery
as Emerald City Citizen
Jayne Violassi
as Emerald City Citizen
Wendy Cutler
as Emerald City Citizen
Kenneth D. Ciszewski
as Emerald City Citizen
Bob Buck
as Emerald City Citizen
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Critic Reviews for Oz the Great and Powerful

All Critics (262) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (110)

  • The twister that comes to whirl Oscar into Oz is so preordained you could find its departure information and flight time from an airport travel board.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.

    Jun 13, 2013
  • 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.

    Mar 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Oz the Great and Powerful

  • May 03, 2016
    A fun and dazzling adaptation of a classic tale, Oz The Great and Powerful works as both a stand alone introduction as well as a prequel to the classic 1939 film - that only suffers from being somewhat overlong and a weak Mila Kunis performance.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    Sam Raimi's kitschy, mediocre $200 million dollar prequel to the beloved 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." It re-imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's character of Oz, who was played by character actor Frank Morgan in the original classic, here the character has been changed, he is a shallow, selfish, womanizing small-town carnival magician named Oscar Diggs, played by a fatally miscast cast James Franco, who is hurled away by a twister from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz and the Emerald City, he thinks he's hit the jackpot with fame and a fortune in gold which are all his for the taking, that is until he meets three witches Theodora, Evanora, Ginda which are all well played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and 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 and powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well. There are innumerable disappointments in Raimi's film, beginning with his awkward direction, and the lame screenplay by Mitchell Kapner & David Lindsay-Abaire, which is filled with potholes, and then there is James Franco who's bland and superficial performance is all wrong for his character. The only saving grace is the film's ultra-expense CGI visual effects, some of which are quite impressive, they are designed to recall the cinematic magic of the 1939 classic motion picture. This is Walt Disney Studio's second attempt at trying to capture the magic of the original 1939 classic, in 1985 they release "Return to Oz" which was a mega-bomb at the box office and was also trashed by most critics. To be fair to this film it is mildly entertaining and some my enjoy it, but most will be let down by it, because this misfire is not exactly great or powerful. Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2015
    In "Oz the Great and Powerful," Oscar Diggs(James Franco), a stage magician of little ability, makes a stunning escape just in front of a rampaging mob in Kansas in 1905 in a balloon. The bad news is that he flies right into the middle of a tornado... ...and out the other side into magical land where he eventually lands somewhat roughly. There he is rescued by Theodora(Mila Kunis) who also fills him in on where he is and of the prophecy he might play a large part of. Trying to follow a beloved classic movie with a prequel already is quite a challenge for filmmakers.(Not to mention the fact that "Wicked" is supposed to be really good.) But then "Oz the Great and Powerful" does itself no favors with its extended prologue, overreliance on CGI and miscasting, especially James Franco, who while with "True Story" proved he can play a shady character, does not have the chops to play the showman part of his character, unlike say Bruce Campbell who has a brief cameo here. Overall, this simply comes off as flat, uninspired and surprisingly slow.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2014
    So much effort was spent on making the surroundings look lovely, so why did the costuming and the special effects look so cheap? Especially Theodora and Glinda's outfits were horrible. The acting left a lot to be desired as well, Rachel Weisz and Bill Cobbs probably being the only ones who didn't make me cringe.
    vieras e Super Reviewer

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