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Ed Wood

Ed Wood (1994)

tomatometer

92

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 5

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up to fete the life and work of cult hero Ed Wood, with typically strange and wonderful results.

79

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up to fete the life and work of cult hero Ed Wood, with typically strange and wonderful results.

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88

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 105,125

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Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help

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Drama, Comedy

Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Aug 13, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (5) | DVD (41)

Beguiling rather than thrilling, oddly charming instead of transporting, meaning that Disney will have its work cut out for it with what is at heart a cult movie and a film buff's dream.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Depp isn't best known as a comic actor, but he gives a witty and captivating performance, bringing wonderful buoyancy to this crazy role.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.

May 12, 2001 | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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The movie's black and white photography convincingly recaptures the look and feel of 1950s sleaze, including some of the least convincing special effects in movie history.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Given the finished film, one also has to wonder if Ed Wood was interesting enough to base a two- hour movie on.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (7)
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A masterful ode to movie making and the horror genre.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Burton wraps it all in his singular vision, devoid of bells and whistles and all the more potent for its comparative subtlety.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Depp-led cult-director bio delves into cross-dressing, kink.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Typically, Burton's storytelling is sometimes erratic, but his emphasis on humanizing marginal characters -- a project that seems central to his artistic agenda -- is as strong as ever.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film's greatest achievement is to avoid the easy, patronizing laughs and instead see the near heroic qualities of a patently untalented artist.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's refreshing to see Burton in a relatively upbeat mood, but he picked the wrong story to give an optimistic spin.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I loved the acting, Johnny Depp and Landau are awesome, the B&W look is perfect and the story is kind of cute, but where is the genius in this flick? Am I missing something?

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

[Tim Burton's] own jazz-hands dance to the spirit of movie-making.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Droll and witty, Burton's tribute evokes the career of Hollywood's "worst" director by making a most stylishly polished production

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

If you love movies, you've got a little Ed Wood inside you.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Tim Burton, fidèle à son talent et à sa réputation, transforme un scénario déjà bien concocté en un film des plus divertissants

November 25, 2004

Tim Burton's best movie.

November 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

This delightful film focuses on the more telling years when Edward D. Wood did what he did to become who he is...

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

[It] remains the greatest movie about the pleasures and hardships of independent filmmaking.

October 26, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

Depp's magnificent performance, plus Burton's love of his subject make for a wonderful film. Landau is magnificent as Bela Lugosi. A great film that celebrates the little filmmakers who dreamed big.

September 21, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

"Strangely compelling and inspiring..."

July 19, 2004 Full Review Source: eCinemaCenter.com
eCinemaCenter.com

Landau's Lugosi is an alternately amusing and heartbreaking character who is given one last taste of life while in orbit around Wood's infectious mania

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Hilarious and enormously entertaining.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for Ed Wood

"Ed Wood" takes the clumsy filmmaking backstory of Edward D. Wood, and makes it a fantastic film about terrible movies. Tim Burton directs the hell out of this film, and even though it screams his style, he keeps it a little on the down low here, letting the more of the substance out than the style, which is what true stories need. Johnny Depp gives one of his finest performances as the leading man living a dream of making films, while every one of them turn into disasters, because he just does not fully understand the industry. I loved "Ed Wood" from start to finish! The camerawork is unique, the post-production choice of Black and White is perfect, and the direction, along with the script, is just very very good all around. There is nothing wrong with this film whatsoever. It's an amazing little piece of film!
May 9, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

review coming.
January 1, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Burton treats his idiosyncratic character with great affection and respect, in a delightful (and very funny) biography that emulates with perfection the visuals of classic horror movies - making us even want to check out Ed Wood's turkeys. Besides, Depp and Landau are magnificent.
October 14, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Burton and Depp show why they are a perfect match in this fantastic film.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

    1. Vampira: You're watching our Halloween movie, 'White Zombie', starring Bela Lugosi, John Harron, Madge Bellamy, and a bunch of other people I've never heard of.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Bela Lugosi: I refuse to drive in this country. Too many madmen.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Bela Lugosi: GODDAMN, it's cold!
    2. Ed Wood: It'll warm up once you're in it.
    3. Bela Lugosi: FUCK YOU! You come out here!
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Criswell: Eddie, we're in show biz. It's all about razzle-dazzle. Appearances. If you look good, and you talk well, people will swallow anything.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Ed Wood: Listen, I was wondering if you'd like to go out sometime, grab some dinner, maybe?
    2. Vampira: You mean a date? I thought you were a fag
    3. Ed Wood: No, no, I'm just a transvestite.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Georgie Weiss: Why would Lugosi wanna do a sex-change flick?
    2. Ed Wood: Because he's my friend!
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
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