Colton of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Those who haven’t seen Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will still be able to enjoy Sam Raimi’s prequel Oz The Great and Powerful, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book series. Those who are still dazzled by The Wizard of Oz will especially appreciate the new film even more because of its conscious use of iconic imagery and homages. The film marks Sam Raimi’s first foray into family friendly territory and it’s a slightly above average attempt by abandoning his usual trademarks so he can appease and offer winks to fans of the original. It’s certainly a trick to engage audiences with a prequel to a film that most audiences know the outcome to. Raimi manages to dazzle a new generation by making a film that’s visually appealing with a little bit of heart."