Ed Wood Synopsis
Edward D. Wood Jr. directs awful '50s cult films.
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100

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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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
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100

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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88

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...
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78

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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75

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...
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70

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
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63

ReelViews

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...
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50

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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38

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...
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Amazing film

By redyeah
Depp at his best. Portrays such an extraordinary character and does it to the best of his talet. A must see film for anyone who actually cares about character developed movies....

Ed Wood Review

By rocketjsl357
hilarious ... an absolutely outstanding biopic and a wonderful tribute to 1950's sleaze. This is a film that feels for the passion, creativity, and vision of film-making (even in the most bizarre and...

"A Genius with no Talent" : ED WOOD

By lugubriousthespian
Tim Burton's homage to Edward D. Wood, Jr.; purveyor of hideously hilarious movies of the late 50s is nothing short of tremendous. Never slandering the virtuoso of sleaze, Burton along with Johnny...

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Rated R | For Offensive Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Depp-led cult-director bio delves into cross-dressing, kink.
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