Edward Scissorhands Reviews

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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Especially rewarding for those who would like to see something different in a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
A charming, utterly original fable with a darkness that would be surprising in a mainstream release were it not the work of Tim Burton.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 3, 2003
Tim Burton's finest achievement. It has an emotional wallop to go with his visual wizardry.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Probably Tim Burton's best film. Certainly his most moving.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
A film you can't help but love...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Depp is perfectly cast, Burton builds a surrealistically funny cul-de-sac world, and there are some very funny performances from grownups Dianne Wiest, Kathy Baker and Alan Arkin.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The film has an unapologetically adolescent purity about it that transcends what would ordinarily be the shortcomings of its script.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
Burton has a good central premise working here, but he never really grabs us...
| Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Burton has not yet found the storytelling and character-building strength to go along with his pictorial flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp come close to achieving perfection in this dream tale.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Enchantment on the cutting edge, a dark yet heartfelt portrait of the artist as a young mannequin.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
One of my favorite films ... and one that touches me deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Johnny Depp is excellent as the Chaplinesque title character and the support cast is good too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Edward Scissorhands is quite a surprise, an utterly enchanting fairy tale.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
An engaging film, one which falls early in director Tim Burton's career, helping to highlight a remarkable decade's run of moody, quirky and goofy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Burton has finally found the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 7, 1990
The romanticism has a personal dimension -- for Edward is, of course, Burton's surreal portrait of himself as an artist: a wounded child converting his private darkness into outlandish pop visions. Like Edward, he finds the light.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
August 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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