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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)
    90
    A delightful and delicate comic fable.
  4. Like a great chef concocting an exquisite peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small.
  5. 75
    Edward Scissorhands isn't perfect. It's something better: pure magic.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    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]
  7. 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: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
  1. May 16, 2011
    10
    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 neverJohnny 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
  2. Jan 27, 2012
    10
    Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have become a profitable duo over the past two decades. The partnership began in 1990 with the creation of thisJohnny Depp and Tim Burton have become a profitable duo over the past two decades. The partnership began in 1990 with the creation of this modern fairy tale. This is my favorite of Depp's performances, as well as my favorite of Burton's films. Edward is fragile and frightening in the very same breath; a creature from a warped and dark imagination stranded in a world of pastels. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    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 ladyIn 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! Expand
  4. May 2, 2013
    10
    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 keepThis 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
  5. BlakeJ.
    Mar 11, 2007
    9
    The quintessential dark fairy tale. Besides "The Nightmare Before Christmas", and "Beetlejuice", nothing can compare to the dark, mysterious, The quintessential dark fairy tale. Besides "The Nightmare Before Christmas", and "Beetlejuice", nothing can compare to the dark, mysterious, yet frightfully funny and enjoyable romp of "Edward Scissorhands". Diane Weist and Alan Arkin mold there stock characters to a tee. Winona Ryder plays stupid and blonde like no ones business. And Johnny Depp disappears into a world without fingers, a feat no one will ever be able to rival. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2011
    8
    85%!
    The sound is there, the concept is there, just din't have the right technology to make it look better back then. Compassion driven
    85%!
    The sound is there, the concept is there, just din't have the right technology to make it look better back then. Compassion driven wisely, good quality of comedic elements. Don't like Johnny Depp's facial expression though.
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  7. sudokuy
    Oct 6, 2008
    0
    Yep, nothing else to say. worst movie I ever wasted time on. it's films like these that drop the standard of today's American films.

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