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James Franco Bombs in 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

The reviews are in for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” the new Wizard of Oz movie by “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, and the verdict is not good.

Unlike the original “Wizard of Oz,” this version focuses on the Wizard himself, and how he got to Oz. It’s got a glittering cast that includes Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff, with James Franco starring as Oscar Diggs, the small time circus magician-turned-magical wizard.

While the movie has been roundly criticized for being all special effects and no soul, Franco is under especially heavy fire for a dismal performance.

Here’s Manohla Dargis in the Times:

“Mr. Franco looks pretty pained in most of his scenes… and it’s hard to blame him.”

And that’s from a relatively mild review.

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James Franco Bombs in 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

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