• 100
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly
    Simple, funny, gorgeous, sad, and sweet, perfect for playing over and over.
  • 100
    Michael Wilmington 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]
  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibily fabulous title character, is a delight.
  • 80
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    Amusing and inventive.
  • 75
    David Sterritt 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]
  • 63
    Mike Clark 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]
  • 50
    Pauline Kael The New Yorker
    When the picture stops being comic it turns into a different kind of kitsch... The material turns into cheesy plot-centered melodrama... Beetlejuice would have spit in this movie's eye. [17 Dec 1990]
  • 50
    Roger Ebert 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.
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle 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]