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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 5

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

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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

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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

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Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Caroline Thompson

Dec 18, 2001

20th Century Fox

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

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (20)
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A delightful and delicate comic fable.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It remains curiously hollow.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (9)
Time Out
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Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Enchantment on the cutting edge, a dark yet heartfelt portrait of the artist as a young mannequin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Between this masterpiece and that other Ed (Wood), TIm Burton and Johnny Depp are at their dual-career best. Ed Wood is about how insane Hollywood is -- and Edward Scissorhands delivers the pure magic that, once in a rare while, escapes the place.

July 25, 2011
ÜberCiné

...perhaps the cinema's most enchanting parable about the misunderstood and alienated artist.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (2)
LarsenOnFilm

... this sweet 1990 fantasy ... for the first time crystallized the latent themes in the director's work: the notion of the artist as outsider, of skills that make one special but at the same time different.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Fine performances all around, particularly from Depp and the immensely sympathetic Wiest.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually, stylistically and emotionally stunning.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's visually pleasing and an easy film to like, even if it never gets out of shallow water as far as its story goes.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[Burton and Depp] seem to bring out the best in each other.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Burton's movies are fairytales for retarding evolution.

April 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

His gothic tones always mask a feeling of wonder and an endearing love for everything that is possible in life and death

October 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Burton's sweet Gothic fairy tale has lost none of its charm.

August 29, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in magical collaboration.

July 30, 2005 | Comment (1)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A personal film for Tim Burton, which also serves as a parable about the artist as an outsider, this lovely fairytale began the long, fruitful collaboration with the endlessly versatile Johnny Depp.

July 23, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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Moody and bizarre modern fairytale that works on a number of levels.

May 7, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Definitely one of Burton's masterpieces, maybe THE one.

October 16, 2004

A modern fairy tale about a deformed outsider whose innocence and gentle nature make him a freak in the eyes of the community he visits.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A poetic outing by Burton with Depp offering one of his initial outsider performances. Still fun to watch.

September 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.
January 13, 2013
Louis Rogers

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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.
August 19, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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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!
May 31, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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Kim: You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren't up there now... I don't think it would be snowing. Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it. 

"His scars run deep."

A film this bizarre can only be conceived from the mind of Tim Burton. The character he creates, Edward(an invention that wasn't finished and is left with scissors for hands), is original to a point, but it is still a character we have seen before. This is the Frankenstein, Pinocchio hybrid. Edward is a soft spoken young... whatever. He is kind as can be. He cuts the neighbors shrubs for them, and soon ends up cutting their pets hair and soon all of theirs. He's a character that easily could find a place in some twisted slasher, but throwing a character like him into a film like this is what makes Tim Burton so interesting. 

Now, Edward Scissorhands is every bit the accomplishment I had heard it was. It's got all the Burton staples. It has times of humor and sadness, and is grounded in fantasy, but the characters seem like they are from our world(Well, other than Edward). Then there's the production value, which you always look for in a Burton film. Like usual, it's off the charts. The shrubbery is amazing, and the way he twists the real world and Edwards world together is also very cool. There's a great score from Danny Elfman, and a great performance from Johnny Depp; both of which are staples of a lot of Burton's films. 

There are a lot of people out there that believe this is Burton's finest film. I don't believe that is true, but I can see where they are coming from. The film is really wonderful. It's fantastic storytelling, combined with amazing filmmaking. The result is another terrific film from Burton. I would put Ed Wood, Beetlejuice, and Batman above it, but you still can't go wrong with this one. It's a beloved classic that will be loved by new generations for a long time to come. One of a kind.
May 28, 2012
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    1. Kim Boggs: Hold me.
    2. Edward Scissorhands: I can't.
    – Submitted by Stefan N (11 months ago)
    1. Edward Scissorhands: I am not complete.
    – Submitted by Galea N (16 months ago)
    1. Bill Boggs: Okay, everyone! Soup's on!
    2. Edward Scissorhands: *through mouth full of food* I shought it wash shish-cabob.
    3. Bill Boggs: What?
    4. Edward Scissorhands: I shought it wash shish-cabob.
    5. Bill Boggs: It's a figure of speach. You need to learn not to take things so seriously.
    – Submitted by S.R. H (18 months ago)
    1. Edward Scissorhands: I am not complete.
    – Submitted by Gonzalo D (19 months ago)
    1. Edward Scissorhands: Goodbye.
    2. Kim Boggs: I Love you.
    – Submitted by Vinnie F (19 months ago)
    1. Kim Boggs: Hold me.
    2. Edward Scissorhands: I can't...
    – Submitted by Karen M (19 months ago)
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