Ed Wood
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Notoriously inept filmmaker Ed Wood, known for his hilariously bad 1950s sci-fi flicks, bizarre lifestyle, and angora sweater fetish, is paid loving tribute in this comedic fictionalization of his life. The film focuses on the "peak" of Wood's career, especially his close friendship with aging horror star Bela Lugosi.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A masterful ode to movie making and the horror genre."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Typically, Burton's storytelling is sometimes erratic, but his emphasis on humanizing marginal characters -- a project that seems central to his artistic agenda -- is as strong as ever."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I loved the acting, Johnny Depp and Landau are awesome, the B&W look is perfect and the story is kind of cute, but where is the genius in this flick? Am I missing something?"
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Burton wraps it all in his singular vision, devoid of bells and whistles and all the more potent for its comparative subtlety."
‑ Rob Vaux, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"The film's greatest achievement is to avoid the easy, patronizing laughs and instead see the near heroic qualities of a patently untalented artist."
‑ , Film4
"[Tim Burton's] own jazz-hands dance to the spirit of movie-making."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Given the finished film, one also has to wonder if Ed Wood was interesting enough to base a two- hour movie on."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Depp-led cult-director bio delves into cross-dressing, kink."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's refreshing to see Burton in a relatively upbeat mood, but he picked the wrong story to give an optimistic spin."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Droll and witty, Burton's tribute evokes the career of Hollywood's "worst" director by making a most stylishly polished production"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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