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  • Summary: In this modern fairy tale, Edward is a gentle, naive creation with razor sharp scissors for hands. When he is taken home by a kindly Avon lady live with her family, his adventure in the pastel paradise of Suburbia begins! (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
  2. Perhaps the most original movie fantasy creation of the year: an icon of tenderness and artistic alienation that clings, stickum-like, to your mind's eye and the softest, most woundable parts of your mass-culture heart. [7 Dec 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A delightful and delicate comic fable.
  4. Tim Burton's fantasy is more original than his previous film, “Batman,'' and its colors make “Dick Tracy'' look drab. Add wry dialogue and a mischievous critique of suburban life, and you have a diverting fable that doesn't quite live up to its quirky premise. [7 Dec 1990, Arts, p.12]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    If the script were half as witty as its production design and Danny Elfman's score, the film might be a classic; instead, it recalls the “Beetlejuice” half that doesn't have Keaton. [7 Dec 1990, Life, p.4D]
  6. Great to look at but not much fun to watch… An emotionally uncommitted picture that's smirky and mawkish, by turns, and at heart, empty. [14 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. May 2, 2013
    This is my all time favorite movie and I could go into how much I love it for hours. I will save reading and writing for that matter to keep this short and sweet. This movie is well acted, directed, and the score is just amazing. Every time my iPod plays the ice dance song I get chills. This is by far one of johnny's best performances and why I call him my favorite actor. If you haven't seen it give ti a watch, but if you have watch it again this movie merits re watches and I always catch something new that I didn't see the other times I watched it from the house getting bug bombed in the background to how well the sets and character comment on a slice of suburbia that I honestly can say i live in. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2013
    Edward Scissorhands is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. It's also Johnny Depp's best movie as well as Tim Burton's. An absolute cathartic joy, Edward Scissorhands is a beautiful modern fairytale for young and old alike. A true classic! Expand
  3. May 16, 2011
    Johnny Depp played Edward really well. Edward had a charming sweetness about him that grips out at me and pulls me in to watch more. I never get tired of this tragic fairy tale. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    "Edward Scissorhands" is an indescribably beautiful, yet uncommonly simple fairy tale with memorable performances, an iconic soundtrack, and some unforgettable imagery. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2011
    TIm Burton's "Scissorhands" flows smoothly with marvelous acting from Johnny Depp and creative direction by Burton himself. Possibly Depp+Burton combination is one of the best I've seen in years. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2014
    This film proves Burton has the ability to combine tragedy, comedy, satire and American culture all into one film. The chemistry between Depp and Ryder is wonderful and the story itself original. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2010
    This was a fantastic movie! Oh, wait... i was thinking of something that wasn't this piece of crap. Terrible film and i'm going to have to agree with jaque and say that this was, honestly, the worst movie i've ever seen Expand

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