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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    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] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D] show more

  • 100
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    One of those rare films that communicates the exquisite joy of the moviemaking process. [7 October 1994, Friday, p.B] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    Fails to go into the one realm that would make it worthwhile, which is Ed Wood's brain. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 70
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The strangest biographical film ever made is also one of the most charming, melancholy and quirkily humorous films of the year. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime. show more

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