Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Edward Scissorhands (1990)



Critic Consensus: The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.

Movie Info

Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands opens as an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward (Johnny Depp). Edward has all the essential ingredients for today's standard body, with the exception of a pair of hands. For what is initially thought to be a temporary period, he is fitted with long, scissor-like extremities that, while able to trim a mean hedge, are hardly conducive to day-to-day life. When the kindly inventor dies, however, Edward is left lonely and cursed with some very heavy metal for hands. He is eventually taken in by Peg Boggs (Dianne Weist), an Avon lady who takes pity on him after seeing his bleak existence. Edward, in spite of his inherent ability to slay anyone he comes across, is a gentle soul whose only wish is to be loved. His impromptu family has, at best, a limited understanding of Edward, but he finds himself drawn to Peg's weary but sympathetic daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder), who is dating Jim (Anthony Michael Hall), the neighborhood bully. Meanwhile, Edward finds himself a local celebrity after the town realizes that his talents include creative hedge trimming and an unrivaled ability to cut hair. His so-called friends are proven fair-weather when Edward is accused of a crime, after which his only supporters are Peg and Kim. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Caroline Thompson, Tim Burton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
20th Century Fox


Johnny Depp
as Edward Scissorhands
Winona Ryder
as Kim Boggs
Dianne Wiest
as Peg Boggs
Kathy Baker
as Joyce Monroe
Robert Oliveri
as Kevin Boggs
Vincent Price
as Inventor
Bee Albano
as Rich Widow, TV
O-Lan Jones
as Esmeralda
Stuart Lancaster
as Retired Man
Gina Gallagher
as Granddaughter
Aaron Lustig
as Psychologist
Alan Fudge
as Loan Officer
Steven Brill
as Dishwasher Man
Diane L. Green
as Neighborhood Extra
Andrew Crofton
as Pink Girl
Linda Hess Hess
as Older Woman/TV
Rosalyn Thomson
as Young Woman/TV
Lee Ralls
as Red-Haired Woman/TV
Eileen Meurer
as Teenage Girl/TV
Bea Albano
as Rich Widow/TV
Donna Pieroni
as Blonde/TV
Tricia Lloyd
as Other Teen
Kathy Dombo
as Police Sergeant
Sherry Ferguson
as Max's Mother
Tabetha Thomas
as Little Girl on Bike
Victoria Price
as TV Newswoman
Marc Macaulay
as Reporter
Brett Rice
as Reporter
Ken DeVaul
as Policeman
Andrew B. Clark
as Beefy Man
Michael Gaughan
as Policeman
Tammy Boalo
as Neighborhood Extra
Jackie Carson
as Neighborhood Extra
Carol Crumrine
as Neighborhood Extra
Suzanne Chrosniak
as Neighborhood Extra
Ken de Vaul
as Policeman
Ellin Dennis
as Neighborhood Extra
Miriam Goodspeed
as Neighborhood Extra
Kathy Fleming
as Neighborhood Extra
Dianne L. Green
as Neighborhood Extra
Jalaine Gallion
as Neighborhood Extra
Mary Jane Heath
as Neighborhood Extra
Carol D. Klasek
as Neighborhood Extra
Laura Nader
as Neighborhood Extra
Doyle Anderson
as Neighborhood Extra
Harvey Bellman
as Neighborhood Extra
Michael Brown
as Neighborhood Extra
Gary Clark
as Neighborhood Extra
Roland Douville
as Neighborhood Extra
Russell Green
as Neighborhood Extra
Cecil Hawkins
as Neighborhood Extra
Jack W. Kapfhamer
as Neighborhood Extra
Bill Klein
as Neighborhood Extra
Phil Olson
as Neighborhood Extra
Joe Sheldon
as Neighborhood Extra
James Spicer
as Neighborhood Extra
Andrew Clark
as Beefy Man
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News & Interviews for Edward Scissorhands

Critic Reviews for Edward Scissorhands

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (10)

An original movie, though not Tim Burton's best.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A delightful and delicate comic fable.

Full Review… | May 8, 2008
Top Critic

It remains curiously hollow.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Depp cuts a haunting figure, while Wiest is typically excellent. The rest of the actors are forced to play characters who are either underdeveloped or overcooked, and the broadness of Burton's approach eventually leads to a wholly unsatisfying resolution.

Full Review… | October 24, 2015
Creative Loafing

Burton's modern fairytale has an almost palpably personal feel: it is told gently, subtly and with infinite sympathy for an outsider who charms the locals but then inadvertently arouses their baser instincts.

Full Review… | December 17, 2014
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Edward Scissorhands

Here is the purest and most eloquent expression of Tim Burton's reoccurring 'outsider' theme to date. I could do without the reflective framing device (mainly due to the frankly unsettling old version of Kim, both in terms of acting and make up), but the film succeeds hugely as a tender modern fairytale. Danny Elfman's heartbreaking score also deserves a special mention.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer


Brings many laughs and also touches the soul. The start of many great collaborations. Tim Burton's films are bizarre, yes, but they are full of heart (most of them, at least). I love the setting, with all the different colored houses full of weird neighbors. It's interesting to see Edward interact with everyone. A classic in its own right.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

Remember when Tim Burton was original? Well this was one of the BEST films to come out of Burton's skull. Johnny Depp is a great actor and this was hands down one of his best characters. This film had heart, drama, and most importantly a PLOT!

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

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