Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Edward Scissorhands

Posted on

Edward Scissorhands

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
100 minutes
performer:
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Anthony Michael Hall, Vincent Price, Dianne Wiest
director:
Tim Burton
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

Matthew Bourne, mastermind of the famed male-centric Swan Lake, has re-imagined Tim Burton’s ’90s film as a dialogue-free performance. The colorful costumes and state-of-the-art sets in Edward Scissorhands are a sheer delight. But Act 1 plays less like a ballet than an overly broad kids’ pantomime. There’s more genuine dance in Act 2, including group routines both comic and energetic. Oddly, the show is least sharp in traditional dances, like the final duet between Edward and übercheerleader Kim, which, despite the soaring score, never quite lifts off.