Big Eyes
Big Eyes (2014)

Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2015
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71%
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Burton had a chance to make a powerful statement on the struggle for a woman to achieve artistic recognition and instead settled for another childlike fairy tale.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

For all its tonal shifts and erratic pacing, the film is Burton's heartfelt tribute to the yearning that drives even the most marginalized artist to self expression no matter what the hell anyone thinks.

M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

What keeps Big Eyes from being anything more than a holiday diversion is that [Burton] and his writers can't get much drama out of the paintings themselves, or the inexplicable fascination they held for so many people.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

Burton might need to get further from blockbuster bloat in order to regain his formal mastery of kitsch. Right now his sense of comic portraiture is too easily mistakable for splatter painting.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

It becomes bizarrely laughable at times, sadly to the detriment of Margaret's ten-year ordeal.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are charismatic in the lead roles; occasionally they distract from the movie's overall smugness.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Adams is lovely and tremulous, but Big Eyes would be even better if Waltz was in the same key.

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Nandini Ramnath
Scroll.in

The 106-minute drama is always watchable, and works no less and no more than a two-dimensional portrait that catches the eye and suggests deeper meaning than is actually present.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not at all what I expected from a Tim Burton movie. Quite pleasantly surprised. I had never heard of this artist, so the whole story was new to me. Though not… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It is true that Art should elevate, but this superficial, unimpressive biopic does pander to the lowest common denominator with a cliched direction, uneven… More
Kevin M. Williams
If I were to speculate about what happened behind the scenes when they made this, it felt as if Tim Burton was given a sort of a dare: "you couldn't… More
Jim Hunter
Walter Keane, charismatic husband of renowned painter Margaret Keane, steals credit for his wife's work. Solid performances by Christoph Waltz and Amy… More
Spencer S.
When the Oscar nominations were released at the end of last year I was surprised to find that Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" was not on the list, like,… More
Nate Zoebl
Like most people, Tim Burton is a filmmaker who likes working with a select set of familiar faces. Since 2001, Burton's wife Helena Bonham carter has… More