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Ed Wood Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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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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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
This Ed Wood is dead wood.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 4, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's black and white photography convincingly recaptures the look and feel of 1950s sleaze, including some of the least convincing special effects in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint Morris
April 27, 2003
Johnny Depp is a master of his craft...Burton's film lacks nothing
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
September 26, 2012
Burton wraps it all in his singular vision, devoid of bells and whistles and all the more potent for its comparative subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
October 5, 2008
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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
For a diverting couple of hours, Ed Wood is enjoyable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
It's refreshing to see Burton in a relatively upbeat mood, but he picked the wrong story to give an optimistic spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
October 12, 2010
Depp-led cult-director bio delves into cross-dressing, kink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Ed Wood would make a great double feature with Citizen Kane, the sad, fascinating lives of two men vying for greatness and almost achieving it.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 14, 2013
A masterful ode to movie making and the horror genre.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Bizarrely amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 30, 2004
This delightful film focuses on the more telling years when Edward D. Wood did what he did to become who he is...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 21, 2004
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
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