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Los Angeles Times
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]
Entertainment Weekly
Simple, funny, gorgeous, sad, and sweet, perfect for playing over and over.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibily fabulous title character, is a delight.
Chicago Tribune
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]
An ambitious and quite beautifully conceived fairy tale for the 90s.
Edward Scissorhands isn't perfect. It's something better: pure magic.
Christian Science Monitor
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]
The theme--that just beyond the edge of the perfectly normal lies the truly bizarre--is realized with intelligence and visual flair.
USA Today
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]
Chicago Sun-Times
The disappointment is that Burton has not yet found the storytelling and character-building strength to go along with his pictorial flair.
San Francisco Chronicle
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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