Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Lawrence O'Toole
    Simple, funny, gorgeous, sad, and sweet, perfect for playing over and over.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A witty comedy of manners that arcs into poignance, this is a Christmas movie only a Grinch could hate... One of the brightest, bittersweetest fables of this or any-year. [10 Dec 1990, p.87]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A delightful and delicate comic fable.
  6. Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibily fabulous title character, is a delight.
  7. 88
    Strange, funny and powerfully moving… Burton has found a way to move through camp to emotional authenticity, to communicate-through a concentration of style and an innocence of regard-a depth and sincerity of feeling that his deliberately (and often, comically) flat characters could not summon on their own. [14 Dec 1990, Friday, p.C]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2012
    I think it combines a drama movie with a thriller movie in a perferct form, you can find some emotive and happy sequences, on the other side some horrible and dramatic sequences, everything is the performance of Johny Depp Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »