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In his heart-felt cinematic debut, Edward D. Wood, Jr. himself stars under the pseudonym Daniel Davis as a young man with a dilemma: should he tell his lovely young fiancee (played by real-life girlfriend Dolores Fuller) about his burning desire to cross-dress? She has begun to notice articles of clothing missing from her closet; the suspense builds...what should he do? Bela Lugosi plays the omniscient narrator; note his conviction as he "pulls the strings." Amidst this unintentionally hilarious mish-mash of melodrama, social commentary and inexplicable stock footage, there is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This well-meaning disaster, rescued from the obscurity it surely craves, is without doubt a candidate for one of the worst films ever made."
‑ , Time Out
"as insanely bad as this movie is, it retains perverse pleasures that serve it well as a cult icon"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Funny to watch, but not as funny as you might remember."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"An Ed Wood classic! Pull the string!"
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Ed Wood's infamous cross-dressing anti-classic."
‑ Phil Hall, Wired
"It isn't quite a camp classic, although it's dreadful enough to have a certain comic appeal. ''Glen or Glenda'' is also a film of great conviction in its way, and that tends to interfere with the fun."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The passage of time has not transformed Glen or Glenda? into a good movie; it has, however, revealed it to be a braver film than anyone had ever imagined."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Excellent movie to laugh at. Rent it and have a ball!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Terrible and inept, but, oh God, is it funny!"
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"There are bad movies. Then there are really bad movies. Then there are laughably bad movies. And somewhere under there, resides the lifework of Edward D. Wood, Jr."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"not really a real movie"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Even in the camp cult genres this is still dreadful."
‑ , Film4
"It baffles science and logic and rudimentary narrative skills, but it's fascinating."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Just because Ed Wood's become a cultural icon, that doesn't make this movie any less hilariously inept."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"In every technical aspect, it's just bad. However, only Ed Wood could pull off being so bad that it's good -- good in a funny, screwed up way."
‑ Oz,
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