I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

Aris Iliopulos directed this campy comedy utilizing schlock filmmaker Ed Wood's last unproduced screenplay. Stock footage and old hygiene films are intercut with this near-silent story following a cross-dresser (Billy Zane), who escapes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Wood's bargain-basement aesthetic is impossible to parody. That this mime show works better than it should is, in a sense, the ultimate dis.

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Shane Burridge

The budgets of [Wood's] own efforts would have been splurged within the first minute of DIED's title credits

Dustin Putman

Like all of the films Ed Wood directed, this new movie is a pure and simple dud.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

It's sad and misguided and boring. Pretending to make a pathetically amateurish movie isn't nearly as effective as accidentally making one because you don't know any better.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

As funny as a funeral.

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

hough the film is distinctive, its unique style wore thin after about 20 minutes, and as it progressed, watching became a chore.

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James Berardinelli

I can recommend three more enjoyable alternatives: counting the number of hairs on the back of your forearm, practicing breaking a cinder block in half with your bare hand, or submitting to a colonoscopy.

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Cole Gagne
Film Journal International

Nothing could be more lethal to a Wood script than actors who not only think they're hipper than what they're trying to do, but who also make sure that the audience knows it.

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Mark R. Leeper

Not funny enough to deserve a good rating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Brown
I've never seen a filmmaker so proud of himself for making crap as when I saw this at TIFF. The wonderful thing about Ed Wood was he was genuinely trying… More