Tim Burton and Johnny Depp come close to achieving perfection in this dream tale about a boy whose maker dies before attaching his creation's hands. Burton's combination of fantastic and real imagery add to the story's dreamy but satiric edge. Depp, as the fragile but irresistibly fabulous title character, is "shear" delight. This performance is the one that upped his popular standing from TV teen throb to credible film actor.
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