A masterful ode to movie making and the horror genre.
Burton wraps it all in his singular vision, devoid of bells and whistles and all the more potent for its comparative subtlety.
| Original Score: 4/4
Depp-led cult-director bio delves into cross-dressing, kink.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
The film's greatest achievement is to avoid the easy, patronizing laughs and instead see the near heroic qualities of a patently untalented artist.
It's refreshing to see Burton in a relatively upbeat mood, but he picked the wrong story to give an optimistic spin.
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?
| Original Score: 7/10
[Tim Burton's] own jazz-hands dance to the spirit of movie-making.
It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship.
Droll and witty, Burton's tribute evokes the career of Hollywood's "worst" director by making a most stylishly polished production
| Original Score: A-
If you love movies, you've got a little Ed Wood inside you.
Tim Burton, fidèle à son talent et à sa réputation, transforme un scénario déjà bien concocté en un film des plus divertissants
| Original Score: B+
Tim Burton's best movie.
This delightful film focuses on the more telling years when Edward D. Wood did what he did to become who he is...
[It] remains the greatest movie about the pleasures and hardships of independent filmmaking.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
"Strangely compelling and inspiring..."
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
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Hilarious and enormously entertaining.