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Edward Scissorhands

By S. Jordan Mattos, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.

Movie PG-13 1990 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 13+

Beautiful Story, Beautiful Characters and Full of Heart and Soul

This is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever seen. So, well written and an amazing cast. You can't go wrong with Johnny Depp, He's my absolute favorite acter and my Idol. I look forward to watching any movie with Johnny Depp in it. And Tim Burton is so creative with all of his work, and you know it will be a great movie when the two of them work together. If I could give it more than five stars I would. I hope you like the movie and I'll see you at the next one. Till then, I'm the ProundRaven'sClaw and thank you for reading my review.
age 16+

dont let kids under 16 wach

very scary my kid wached it and wont sleep anymore

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (122 ):

The film, lovingly directed by Tim Burton, is a darkly sweet (self) portrait of adolescent angst. We can all relate on some level to Edward's social awkwardness, and Depp's deer-in-headlights self-consciousness is adoring enough to soften the sharpest of pointed appendages. The pastel-colored township cuts a drastic figure against Edward's looming mansion in the distance. Like the best of David Lynch, Edward Scissorhands exposes the cynical underbelly of front porch Americana, forcing us to find beauty and truth in the grotesque when we allow what is "good" to run more than skin-deep.

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