Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands opens as an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward (Johnny Depp). Edward has all the essential ingredients for today's standard body, with the exception… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 7, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

An original movie, though not Tim Burton's best.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small.

Alex Arabian
Film Inquiry

With Burton's surreal illustrative ingenuity, Depp and Ryder's career-making performances, and a story filled with simplicity, complexity, and intangible wizardry that stands the test of time, Edward Scissorhands is one of the greatest films ever made.

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Variety Staff

A delightful and delicate comic fable.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Depp cuts a haunting figure, while Wiest is typically excellent. The rest of the actors are forced to play characters who are either underdeveloped or overcooked, and the broadness of Burton's approach eventually leads to a wholly unsatisfying resolution.

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Time Out

It remains curiously hollow.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Enchantment on the cutting edge, a dark yet heartfelt portrait of the artist as a young mannequin.

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Burton's modern fairytale has an almost palpably personal feel: it is told gently, subtly and with infinite sympathy for an outsider who charms the locals but then inadvertently arouses their baser instincts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Louis Rogers
Here is the purest and most eloquent expression of Tim Burton's reoccurring 'outsider' theme to date. I could do without the reflective framing… More
Melvin White
Kim: You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren't up there now... I don't think it would be snowing.… More
Eric Shankle
Brings many laughs and also touches the soul. The start of many great collaborations. Tim Burton's films are bizarre, yes, but they are full of heart (most… More
Sam Barnett
Johnny Depp creates a truly captivating character in Tim Burton's social commentary about what a society of sameness does to uniqueness, which can… More
Joshua Wilburn
Remember when Tim Burton was original? Well this was one of the BEST films to come out of Burton's skull. Johnny Depp is a great actor and this was hands… More
Directors Cat
Edward Scissorhands is another one of Tim Burton's purposely demented but beautiful creations. I had high expectations and most of them were met. It drags… More