Glinda knows Oz is a selfish con-man, but she also thinks he might just have what it takes to rally the people to defeat Evanora and her horrible army of winged baboons, which are much scarier than the flying monkeys of old, particularly in well-rendered 3-D, and sure to terrorize young children.
Overthrowing the true wicked witch becomes even more daunting when Evanora manipulates her temperamental sister into becoming a green-faced crone, which Kunis turns into a worthy predecessor to Margaret Hamilton's scenery-chewing antagonist.
The mythology gets a bit murky, and the decision to have Williams and Braff play roles in both Kansas and Oz feels arbitrary. But Raimi grants “Oz the Great and Powerful” enough magic to carry the day, and even better, prompt families and film fans to reunite with Dorothy and the original “Wizard of Oz.”
— Brandy McDonnell