100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

Simple, funny, gorgeous, sad, and sweet, perfect for playing over and over.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
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]
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80

Empire

An ambitious and quite beautifully conceived fairy tale for the 90s.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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]
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Edward Scissorhands isn't perfect. It's something better: pure magic.
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70

TV Guide

The theme--that just beyond the edge of the perfectly normal lies the truly bizarre--is realized with intelligence and visual flair.
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63

USA Today

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]
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The disappointment is that Burton has not yet found the storytelling and character-building strength to go along with his pictorial flair.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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