Ed Wood

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

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  • Summary: Portrait of a young man (Depp) trying to claw his way up into Hollywood from the bottom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D]
  3. 88
    What Burton has made is a film which celebrates Wood more than it mocks him, and which celebrates, too, the zany spirit of 1950s exploitation films - in which a great title, a has-been star and a lurid ad campaign were enough to get bookings for some of the oddest films ever made.
  4. Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
  5. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    70
    If Ed Wood has a major failing, it's the lack of momentum. Wood's career had nowhere to go, and to some extent the film has the same problem. [23 September 1994, p.C34]
  6. 63
    The most interesting personality in Ed Wood is not the title character, but Bela Lugosi. So covered up with makeup that he's barely recognizable, Martin Landau gives a deeply-felt performance -- a eerie and stunning recreation of a man haunted by lost fame.
  7. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    20
    This Ed Wood is dead wood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. edo
    Apr 8, 2012
    10
    Burton at his best, not surprise that almost 20 years after the release, he hasn't topped this. Perfect portrayal of Wood's not so desiredBurton at his best, not surprise that almost 20 years after the release, he hasn't topped this. Perfect portrayal of Wood's not so desired turn of events during his career, to accomplish that without feeling sorry for the character, but rather to find certain motivations to believe in and defend one's passions, both entertains and leaves an extra of moral conclusions for the watchers. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2016
    10
    Tim Burton's film on the worst filmmaker Ed Wood is brilliant as well as Johnny Depp's performance is energetic, charming along with a scriptTim Burton's film on the worst filmmaker Ed Wood is brilliant as well as Johnny Depp's performance is energetic, charming along with a script that's funny, ambitious and damn smart. Depp couldn't be perfect for the role. This film is a masterpiece, so let's talk about this movie. Johnny Depp plays filmmaker Ed Wood who's known as the worst director, it's set in his best-known period in 50's when he made 'Glenn or Glenda' (1953), Bride of The Monster (1959) it also focuses on his transvestism and friendship with the great yet aging and unemployed star Bella Lugosi (played by Martin Landau). 5 out of 5 stars Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2011
    10
    Tim Burton's best film, without the slightest hint of doubt. Every performance, every joke, every set; just about everything in this movie wasTim Burton's best film, without the slightest hint of doubt. Every performance, every joke, every set; just about everything in this movie was perfect. It's so good, that I consider it one of my personal favorites. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2012
    9
    Let's just get something straight, this is not a biopic. This is a comedy first and foremost. This film chronicles the first few years of theLet's just get something straight, this is not a biopic. This is a comedy first and foremost. This film chronicles the first few years of the film making career of Edward D. Wood Jr albeit quite loosely. It is very well acted, and very funny. Johnny Depp does a fantastic job at playing Ed in that he sympathetic, but we can still laugh at him. I really loved the music in the film too, it was very unique and fit the mood of the film very well. What I really liked was how if you knew anything about Ed Wood, or had seen some of of his films, you'd catch little jokes that people who didn't know about Ed Wood wouldn't. Great film, and one of my all time favorites. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2016
    8
    Ed Wood is a Tim Burton film, through and through. Odd, unique, and truly off-the-wall, Ed Wood is a sympathetic, funny, and depressing biopicEd Wood is a Tim Burton film, through and through. Odd, unique, and truly off-the-wall, Ed Wood is a sympathetic, funny, and depressing biopic on the delusional and deeply troubled director of the same name. An at times tragic picture, Tim Burton lovingly crafts this biopic that shows influence from Wood's odd and indiosyncratic "style". The film is just as odd and truly all over the place as I imagine his films were and it just feels right. The film can feel a bit distant, but that said, it does paint a good picture of Wood and is incredibly sympathetic towards his delusion and while it is a comedy at times, the film can be pure drama and tragedy as you watch him fail. Ed Wood is a very funny film at times with some seriously laugh out loud moments and the film does a good job balancing this with drama and Wood's story. Johnny Depp also just happens to be brilliant as Wood, both in light and dark moments. Overall, Tim Burton's weirdo biopic on this weirdo man is a gem. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2014
    8
    Wow! Tim Burton made a movie that is actually somewhat normal and does not feature Helena Bonham Carter! (Although it does feature his partnerWow! Tim Burton made a movie that is actually somewhat normal and does not feature Helena Bonham Carter! (Although it does feature his partner at the time, Lisa Marie, but who's counting). Ed Wood is a funny, outstanding achievement. This is Depp and Burton at both their bests. Johnny portrays infamously bad director Ed Wood almost perfect here, but it is Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi that stands out. He's got the man down, accent and everything, to a tee. Additionally, the set pieces, seemingly random storylines, and excellent casting make for a guilty pleasure movie that is many notches above any Edward D. Wood, Jr. picture. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2015
    4
    Johnny Depp is always good, but this movie isn't really into my tastes. (Well, there's cross-dressing, so that part was interesting. Who saidJohnny Depp is always good, but this movie isn't really into my tastes. (Well, there's cross-dressing, so that part was interesting. Who said Johnny doesn't look good in a dress?) As I do not know the real Ed Wood, either, it is hard to tell if this movie is a good portray of his career, or not. Yet, there are good moments in this movie as well, so it isn't complete waste of time! Expand

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