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Edward Scissorhands Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today 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]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is sporadic violence in this film. Aside from a woman attempting to seduce Edward wearing a lace bra (she mounts Edward while he is on a chair and attempts to use his scissors to cut off her clothes), sexuality is limited to courting rituals (kissing and hugging). Some of the garish set pieces, like Edward's haunted mansion, and the title character, with mean-looking, scissors for fingers, may be terrifying for young children. There is a mention of rape.

  • Families can talk about how the film is an 'Ugly Duckling' fable about a misunderstood, soft-spoken underdog who does not fit the cookie cutter mold.

  • What is normal?

  • How does conformity play a role in the townspeople's treatment of Edward?

  • Can you think of instances in real life when people have judged others based on their appearances?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: An inventive take on the ugly-duckling motif, Edward proves once again that real beauty is on the inside.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The neighbors are modern day witch-hunters, but the leading characters, including Edward and his 'foster' family, are soft-spoken, friendly, and open to diversity.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Edward accidentally nips his face, then a little boy's. Edward is beaten with a stick repeatedly, and he stabs an attacker in the chest, causing him to fall out a window to his death. Mention of rape.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A woman wears figure-hugging outfits and attempts to seduce Edward. She is seen on top of Edward wearing a lace bra, using his scissors to cut off her clothes.

  • language false3

    Language: Only three occasions of suggestive talk, one expletive.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mom is an Avon lady, but besides the focus on make-up and hair, film is brand-free.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Dad serves Edward a drink, after which Edward gets visibly drunk and sick.