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USA - 64 years old
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One of Hollywood's true auteurs, who carved out a neat little niche for himself. Dark fantasy stories and quirky fairy tales make his oeuvre a blast to explore, though quality between individual entries can be more than a little inconsistent.

The good stuff

Mars Attacks!

1996 / 106m - USA
Comedy, Sci-fi
Mars Attacks! poster


2012 / 87m - USA
Comedy, Sci-fi, Animation
Frankenweenie poster

Everything about Frankenweenie shows that this a film made with lots of passion and dedication.

It's Burton's style that thrives the film to greater heights. One of the best Burton films I've seen so far, I hope he continues on this path

Solid pieces

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children poster

Big Eyes

2014 / 106m - USA
Big Eyes poster

Dark Shadows

2012 / 113m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Dark Shadows poster

The inoffensive


2019 / 112m - USA
Dumbo poster

Not a bad remake by Tim Burton. Plenty of elements from the original return, even so this adaptation is different enough to stand on its own two feet. There are splashes of Burton magic littered throughout the film, though ultimately this is clearly Burton light. It's a fun little diversion, but I prefer his original work.

Sleepy Hollow

1999 / 105m - USA
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Sleepy Hollow poster

Edward Scissorhands

1990 / 105m - USA
Romance, Fantasy
Edward Scissorhands poster

Tim Burton mixing urban fantasy and Gothic fairy tales. The result is a lot better than I remembered. I didn't really appreciate that particular combination the last time I watched it (I'm still a bigger fan of Burton's darker side), but at least the lighter elements didn't bother me as much this time around.

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Edward is somewhat of a cyberpunk Pinocchio, a man created by an inventor to cure his loneliness. When his creator dies he lives all alone in a mansion, until a family from a rosy suburban community finds him and takes him back with them. While he's slow to adjust, the people in the neighborhood seem to appreciate Edward's special skills.

I still prefer the darker scenes in the mansion, but I couldn't really ignore Burton's all-round creativity here. While still a little cheesy (not in the least because of Elfman's score), the mix of elements is quite unique and the film has plenty of memorable moments. Not my favorite Burton, but a commendable film nonetheless.

Worthy but flawed

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2005 / 115m - USA
Fantasy, Musical
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory poster

Corpse Bride

2005 / 77m - USA
Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Corpse Bride poster

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

1985 / 91m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
Pee-wee's Big Adventure poster

Dubious filler

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2007 / 116m - USA
Horror, Thriller, Musical
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street poster

Big Fish

2003 / 125m - USA
Romance, Fantasy, Adventure
Big Fish poster

Plain forgettable


1988 / 92m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy
Beetlejuice poster

Big nopes

Planet of the Apes

2001 / 119m - USA
Sci-fi, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Planet of the Apes poster

Batman Returns

1992 / 126m - USA
Fantasy, Action, Crime
Batman Returns poster

Irritation overload

Ed Wood

1994 / 127m - USA
Comedy, Drama
Ed Wood poster


1989 / 126m - USA
Action, Adventure
Batman poster