Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
One of those rare films that communicates the exquisite joy of the moviemaking process. [7 October 1994, Friday, p.B]
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What Burton has made is a film which celebrates Wood more than it mocks him, and which celebrates, too, the zany spirit of 1950s exploitation films - in which a great title, a has-been star and a lurid ad campaign were enough to get bookings for some of the oddest films ever made.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The strangest biographical film ever made is also one of the most charming, melancholy and quirkily humorous films of the year.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Burton has trouble sustaining the briskness of the first half. But the brilliance of many individual scenes, and the extraordinary performance by Landau, are more than enough to justify this goofy, tender ode to eccentricity. [7 October 1994, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
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By James Berardinelli
The most interesting personality in Ed Wood is not the title character, but Bela Lugosi. So covered up with makeup that he's barely recognizable, Martin Landau gives a deeply-felt performance -- a eerie and stunning recreation of a man haunted by lost fame.
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Fails to go into the one realm that would make it worthwhile, which is Ed Wood's brain.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A cinematic homage as flawed as its subject. Flawed, yet with a peculiar fascination of its own -- what we have is a genuine artist paying sincere tribute to an unapologetic mediocrity, and stooping awkwardly to the task.
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70 out of 100
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