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Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

1990
Romance, Drama
1h 45m
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!
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Edward Scissorhands

1990
Romance, Drama
1h 45m
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Rated 27 Mar 2007
90
99th
Going to "Batman" as a teenager, that scissorhands poster on the hallway flickered in my mind without knowing the name "Burton". Everyone are caught in a cheerful Poe simulation, mad scientist, F.steined Depp and expressionist architecture. May seem extravagant, but I consider E.S. in line with Dogville. Both are talking about the same thing with totally different choices for their simulacra.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
75th
Tim Burton is a lifelong revivalist of 19th century Gothic romanticism. Edward Scissorhands is the quintessential example, a modernized Frankenstein or Phantom, the cliché of the sympathetic freak misunderstood by a shunning society. Burton takes it to caricaturistic extremes by contrasting the gentle dark knight with a pastel-colored suburban community that's nauseatingly conformist and prim. It's kitsch, but engaging and humorous, and excels in casting, visuals and music.
Rated 21 May 2007
83
72nd
One can see Burton's childhood feelings of isolation and bitter feelings towards suburbia coming to the forefront in this haunting fable. The visuals are there, per usual with Burton, but the human element is also there. Unlike many of Burton's previous (and present) works, it doesn't make one feel cold and actually shows that EVERYONE deserves and wants to be loved and that is what life's all about.
Rated 31 May 2007
70
39th
I felt like this movie was trying kinda hard to be "magical" -- especially the musical score. It isn't really very magical, it's just cute and entertaining. Apart from the sporadic weirdness, this could easily have been a Spielberg film. Depp is great, as always, and the story is a nice "modern fairy-tale". Still, nothing about it is all that exciting to me.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
88
89th
A modern-day fable for a world that seems to have forgotten how they work. And the pinnacle of Burton's career. Sweet, and funny, and utterly beautiful, with just the perfect touch of heartbreak.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
Timeless fairy tale
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
50th
Well. You saw this coming.
Rated 17 May 2008
86
92nd
even if you dont like tim burton, you cannot deny that he is original. a mechanical man with scissors for hands in some 50's suburban landscape...almost sounds so outlandish i should be insane. johnny depp gives a performance that deserves much credit, and the sheer refreshingness of the originality of this picture stands out among the staleness that's been hollywood some could argue fifty years.
Rated 12 Jun 2011
70
75th
Oh Wynona. You stole our hearts in this movie...and then went on to steal dresses.
Rated 29 Dec 2011
90
90th
It's teenage angst meets gothic romanticism in a splendid mix of fairy tale narrative, beautiful expressionist cinematography and horrible pastel-coloured 1950s suburbia. Depp is great as the ever so charming little gothic fish-out-of-water with a heart as sweet as a cookie and the rest of the cast delivers as well. Also: Great score from Danny Elfman and Vincent Price's last performance on the big screen is not to be missed.
Rated 13 Jun 2022
85
94th
Un indispensable de noël, Burton frappe fort et propose tout un univers qui repose essentiellement sur les épaules Johnny Depp (étonnant ?). On passe des rires aux larmes, c'est magnifique, la musique est éternelle, surtout le temps d'une scène de neige, qui va oublier ce moment magique ?
Rated 30 Dec 2006
85
93rd
I love this movie much much more than a straight man should love this movie.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
90
95th
Tim Burton in top form. Beautiful.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Interesting.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
80
63rd
This dreamworld created by Tim Burton is visually stunning, and the story feels like a modern fairy tale.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
75
50th
Visually impressive but it lacks the life that I think the director was trying to give it. It's never a bad movie, it's just never a great one.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
77
74th
Original and always interesting, one of Tim Burton's class-acts.
Rated 19 May 2007
90
86th
Very nice suburban fairy tale from Tim Burton. This movie is pretty much what it's like to grow up as a Totally Anomalous Creative Person
Rated 19 May 2007
100
91st
Wonderful modern-day fable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
56
64th
Visually stunning, but the story is too much of a re-tread. Fails to make any really interesting statements. One of Burton's most visually innovative, but reveals his weakness for screenplays which are far less daring than his direction.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
74th
Tim Burton, first of all, is a genius. A crazy, deranged genius, but a genius nonetheless. Johnny Depp is an amazing actor. He doesn't even seem like he is acting in this movie. He is unrecognizable and just IS Edward Scissorhands.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
88th
The charming naiveness of Edward makes this film memorable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
2nd
Stupid. It assumes the audience is stupid, and thus will accept it's cookie-cutter version of suburbia, and its reaction to its pointlessly sensitive freak hero. A good flick for folks who cut themselves.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
81st
Beautiful and haunting, Burton at his best. I can't say enough about the visuals and fantastic performance by Depp.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
81st
Burton and Depp can only turn cinema into gold.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
80
94th
Really nicely done, appealing cast, well-acted, funny, touching, and visually amazing.
Rated 07 Nov 2007
75
65th
This is one of the most creative, interesting, funny and sad stories I have ever seen on film. Johnny Depp is WONDERFUL in this role. The visuals are colorful and rather reminiscent of Singin' in the Rain. Splendid.
Rated 20 Nov 2007
98
97th
Johnny Depp, Tim burton, scissors, hands, it's a holiday classic.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
90
67th
Depp deserves an Oscar.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
90
95th
I watched this again, since it was on TV and I still love it.
Rated 09 Apr 2008
80
74th
I love this film. Depp, Burton, Diane Weiss, Alan Arkin, this film never puts a foot wrong for me. It's something like a desert though, it does lack a certain substance and leaves you feeling like you should have had something more substantial but then again it's only a fairytale.
Rated 19 Jul 2008
86
81st
A touching, timeless, beautiful and infinitely quirky gothic fairytale. Still ranks as some of Tim Burton's best work and contains possibly Danny Elfman's finest score.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
96
89th
Heartwarming, yet dark. Tim Burton has made a masterpiece! Of course, Depp's performance is unforgetable and awesome!
Rated 05 Nov 2008
82
44th
Disturbingly surreal.
Rated 03 Jan 2009
98
99th
Burton's movies has always inspired me as a nightmare with reality swinged togheter in an artistic form of display. Johnny Depp makes one of his most memorable characters here and this movie as the first of Burton I saw. First I was scared the facinated and now I just love it. I still like the pink cookies the professor dose in his lab. I still wonder what they taste like? Its a dark fun and very important movie for both Depp and Burton. Cause this movie spawned a relationship that we all love
Rated 12 Apr 2009
83
97th
Great tale about kindness, love, and most of all about being human.
Rated 18 May 2009
60
12th
Beautiful, sentimental. Kids film camp. Love of the disabled outsider and the beautiful do gooder v. society that just doesn't understand.
Rated 17 Jul 2009
90
96th
It's a curious piece of cinema. It's a shame that tim burton was so fucking good but does mostly crap now.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
95
96th
My favourite movie fairytale, and best of Burton/Depp/Elfman collaborations. The heartbreaking story of the brilliant but misunderstood artist, cast out by the scary masses of stereotypical suburbia. Striking visuals and hauntingly beautiful music makes this _the_ definitive Burton/Elfman film. -"Hold me" -"I can't" is one of the most beautiful exchanges ever committed to film. If you're not convinced yet: It features a young Winona Ryder. /endsalespitch.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
82
50th
One of Tim Burtons better films. Very odd but heartfelt and wholly entertaining.
Rated 20 Jan 2011
50
11th
I may make some enemies with this review... This movie is a good example of "style over substance." The film is definitely more heavy on atmosphere and visuals rather than actual story. It is very good looking, the music is amazing, and the acting is good, but when the story basically surfaces in the end, something is wrong. It's worth watching just for the visuals, though. Just don't expect a great story...or any story for that matter.
Rated 18 Feb 2011
90
95th
Tim Burton at his most imaginative, fantastical and compassionate. Sort of like a twisted version of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of Frankenstein thrown in for good measure. Depp is brilliant as the lonely, isolated outsider, and the supporting cast of grotesque suburbanites add a nicely satirical edge. The film probably wouldn't work without Elfman's amazing music, though, which is utterly enchanting and yes... a bit magical.
Rated 22 Mar 2011
90
96th
Edward Scissorhand's ranks with the best of Tim Burton's work and borrows heavily from the design of the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, painting a bizarre reflection on suburban America and its conformity. Johnny Depp delivers an award worthy performance as the title character beside equally strong performances from Diane Wiest, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall, and the great Vincent Price.
Rated 23 Jul 2011
68
83rd
Edward Scissorhands manages to be many things: a collision of two fictional worlds, an updated fairy tale, a quest for love. Although it really only contains two developed characters (and not many more likable ones) it still manages to be visually and emotionally outstanding, especially because Depp plays his role to perfection.
Rated 04 Nov 2011
98
93rd
This film made me fall in love with Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp. I love Edwards journey of being lost and then being found and the struggle of fitting in, and finding his place. IT is a sad and magical tale, that I enjoy watching from time to time.
Rated 14 Nov 2011
77
75th
Seems kind of like a story that an awkward high school student would write, but it's still pretty well done, and funny at times. The symbolism is just RIDICULOUSLY thinly veiled.
Rated 04 Jan 2012
89
68th
One of Burton's finest films.
Rated 15 Jun 2012
45
45th
Pleasant enough movie, shallow and dull in its sentiments, which for some reason lots of people think is just terrific. 'Lighter' than usual, but in general Burton has little to offer beyond a derivative aesthetic that people take as at least visually daring, and even sometimes dark, despite the fact that the only real darkness is literal, if 'darkness' refers to anything more than sanitised comic book or action movie notions of heroes and villains, domesticated ideas of good and evil.
Rated 28 Nov 2012
90
97th
Burton's best film is a magically weird, twistedly dark and just plain lovely piece of auteurist cinema.
Rated 19 Dec 2013
87
96th
The brilliant contrast between the bright pastel cookie cutter houses and the dark foreboding gothic castle is akin to the bitter contrast between the bright pastel kid friendly current nonsense and the dark imaginative masterpieces of Burton's early career.
Rated 06 Feb 2014
95
97th
A beautiful modern day fairytale, the film charts the introduction of eponymous robot loner Edward into human society. Depp is terrific as the delicate hero in a role in which he says so much with so few words, and Wiest offers a great turn as the Avon lady who takes him in. The creepy, pastel-coloured neighbourhood is well-realised, with the strong Elfman score hinting at something sinister, and the ending is sad but most satisfying. This is surely Burton's magnum opus.
Rated 22 Aug 2014
69
0th
tss i bet its hard for him to tug his fukin pecka tss syke eddy im jus chippin ya
Rated 17 Jul 2017
5
73rd
probably more tragic given that the real life edward opened his shitty salon and allowed normies to exploit his talents for the creation of tacky mass-market novelty fare for the rest of his days. not that timmy was ever as much of an outsider as he liked to think, but this was among the last examples of his visual stylings ingeniously serving a (seemingly...) sincere, clear-eyed vision, and in spots he does achieve an innocent kind of poetry. comedy should probably be a genre tag, no?
Rated 31 Jul 2018
70
61st
Quirky and weird and dark and fun.
Rated 19 Dec 2019
85
85th
"Why don't we simply call it "Edward Penishands?" "We've been up all night, but that was worth it."
Rated 05 Dec 2006
80
48th
JD -- I was beginning to worry that this young actor was touched. He's touched. Only brilliantly so. Great movie and wonderful cast.
Rated 08 Dec 2006
84
77th
Burton's best, though it hasn't been much of a career. Gorgeous and with a number of moving sequences. Depp steals it.
Rated 10 Dec 2006
3
45th
An imaginative ode to old monster movies, very funny but also with some pathos. A masterpiece of art direction. Johnny Depp's performance is adorable.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
90
87th
Awesome.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
75
49th
Even though this is a great character played by Johnny Depp i think this movie was really boring and dull.
Rated 22 Dec 2006
94
93rd
Great film, before Mr. Burton become too commercial.
Rated 25 Dec 2006
93
90th
Second best Burton film ever, which puts it WAY up there.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
95
92nd
Great, original movie. The only reason I didn't score it 100 was simply because I hated the ending. However Depp does a great job and the story is wonderful.
Rated 06 Feb 2007
82
47th
Burton's quaint fable is one most seem to embrace, and for good reason. These days the man is more concerned with taking an old idea and pumping it full of bizarre, unrealistic special effects to brand it, in a sense, with his vision. Edward Scissorhands was a wholly unique concept, one that meshed with the man's trademarks because it was birthed from them. Depp isn't being as silly as he can here, he's commendably restrained, making his performance all the more provocative. A real charmer.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
88
99th
I hadn't seen this in ages, so it was great to see that it has held up. It's probably the apex of Burton's style; the look and sets are gorgeous and Elfman's score supports the images to great effect. Depp is rather low key as Edward, Ryder looks beautiful and the supporting cast does a good job. It's also great to see Vincent Price in a touching, late career role. I had forgotten that Burton did this after the success of Batman. It's a pity that we don't get studio films like this anymore.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
87
93rd
Beautiful, funny and sad.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
2
2nd
Empty, low-level emotional manipulation. I hate Tim Burton.
Rated 26 May 2007
45
24th
Johnny Depp, can't say much more.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
85
73rd
It was fun and a good commentary on suburban life, but it was just lacking that extra something that Burton usually brings.
Rated 22 Jun 2007
97
96th
Beautiful.
Rated 28 Jun 2007
76
62nd
Beautiful visual stylings.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
86
48th
A very strange movie, and a standout role for Johnny Depp.
Rated 13 Jul 2007
82
78th
Awesome atmospheric film from the master of goth cinema. Visually stunning picture that moves you deeply as well. Almost like a modern tragedy play.
Rated 18 Jul 2007
80
43rd
Not Tim Burton's greatest achievement, but good nonetheless.
Rated 24 Jul 2007
71
68th
Inventive story with a great look that will inspire countless porn parodies for years to come.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
90
74th
Tim Burton's sweetest gem of a film
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
I actually cried the first time I watched this. Man, I was such a pussy when I was 15.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
56
35th
Seems like the kinda movie I might like...but it makes me uncomfortable to watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
84th
beautiful movie great performances great moral story and stuff and cool
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
52nd
ah well ya gotta love eddie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
44th
An awesome movie. I reccomend it for everyone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
91st
Another Burton/Depp match when Edward Scissorhands is a reclusive and naive childlike being who lives in an abandoned mansion. One day he's visited by an Avon lady and taken down to surburbia where he transforms the pastel colored world with his own gentle charm and aids everyone to their own self discoveries.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
10th
So annoying. Shut up, you stupid Goth.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
79th
Darling pretty sets & cute characters involved in unusual acceptance & rejection powered by deceit create an odd empathy that carries the picture. A few scenes are a bit too much & jostle the illusion otherwise generated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
90th
Pure Tim Burton. Simply beautiful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
67th
Nicely dreamy and poetic, with lovely visuals and surprising time displacement.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
63rd
It's not hard for me to say that this is Tim Burton at his best. The story is interesting and well written, and Depp isn't just acting, but being his character. Edward Scissorhands is as much emotionally powerful as it is a fun film, and no matter how much Burton is a madman, this proves that he is also a genius. Really good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
81st
Such a lovely fable--sweet and heartbreaking. The first of Burton and Depp's many collaborations.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
54th
Magic is decently conjured but the ending seems to coldly abandon the characters and the whimsy of the film, not in a ballsy or fun way but in a way that stinks of apathy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
A classic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
81st
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! on my top 10 list
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
79th
tim burton maturing with a great story of an oursider in suburbia.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
39th
A very sweet retelling of the Frankenstein story. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always work well together. Vicent Price is always good. Enjoyed the movie, not an all time favorite, but enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
72nd
Dark and hilarious. Depp is awesome.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
85th
Classic :)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
95th
A cookie heart would melt anyone, this movie is really sweet and of course Depp's performance is beautiful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
This may be the "Burtonest" of all TIm Burton movies, if that makes any sense. So quirky, original, and surreal, a bit funny, a bit melancholy, and it was all I was able to see Johnny Depp as until Jack Sparrow came along.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
16th
Not for me
Rated 18 Aug 2007
77
72nd
A modern fairy tale, dark and sad, with appropriate humor.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
85
51st
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