Ed Wood
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Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"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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