Ed Wood Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
True or not, the film is brilliant in every capacity %u2013 rich, warm and outrageously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 30, 2003
Audiences these days need to be reminded that the road to the worst films is often paved with noble ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Martin Landau, as the washed-up Bela Lugosi, makes the picture come alive; unfortunately, the last half falters without him.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 27, 2003
Johnny Depp is a master of his craft...Burton's film lacks nothing
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 9, 2003
Tim Burton's masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Martin Landau's performance as Lugosi is inspired. He should win an Oscar for it. The rest of the film, unfortunately, is not that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
March 12, 2003
Tim Burton at his best, with great work by Johnny Depp & Martin Landau.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Interesting performance from Johnny Depp, the world's best character actor
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 11, 2002
Vastly entertaining biopic on one of the great directors of trash films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Wood's movies might have been the worst ever made, but they inspired true brilliance. This just might be Tim Burton's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Idiosyncratic portrait of an oddball whose enthusiasm for making movies is endearing.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
It's ironic that the director that produced some of the worst films of all time has gotten one of the best Hollywood-themed biopics ever made about him, but there's little doubt that Tim Burton's Ed Wood is a superb film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Atkinson
Movieline
November 6, 2001
A droll riot.
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
October 9, 2001
The finest example of Tim Burton's work as a director and a role that Johnny Depp will have to go a long way to better.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Burton has evoked the surface of Ed Wood's life, but in a story about a man who loves angora and frilly panties, he has barely unbuttoned Wood's uniform.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Given the finished film, one also has to wonder if Ed Wood was interesting enough to base a two- hour movie on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
This Ed Wood is dead wood.
| Original Score: 1/5
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A glorious homage to the power of film in general and one of Burton's finest moments.
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