Big Eyes (2014)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 2015
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Critic Reviews for Big Eyes

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Big Eyes is the most substantial film Tim Burton has made since Ed Wood.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
Legion of Leia

That Big Eyes is the best film Burton has directed in almost a decade is no exaggeration.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
The Young Folks

Burton is telling a fascinating story here, and his confident sense of time and place, allied to Adams's adept performance as the increasingly assertive artist, provide many pleasures.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
The Australian

Athough this is not an entirely successful change of pace for director Tim Burton, there's enough in the story to make his version of events very watchable.

Full Review… | March 24, 2015

Burton has crafted one of his most understated films; a fascinating study into 1950s sexual politics and art-world deceit.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Big Eyes

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, anywhere. It seemed like a shoo-in, as it starred a two-time winner of Best Supporting Actor, and a five-time nominee in various acting categories. It was also a bio-pic, which the Academy always favors, and it was directed by Burton in his first bio-pic directorial effort since "Ed Wood." After seeing the film however, it became clear why it didn't get much acclaim.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

It is true that Art should elevate, but this superficial, unimpressive biopic does pander to the lowest common denominator with a cliched direction, uneven pacing and serious tonal problems in a ridiculous trial scene in the end that only feels silly and artificial.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Walter Keane, charismatic husband of renowned painter Margaret Keane, steals credit for his wife's work.
Solid performances by Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams anchor Tim Burton's biopic. The last combination of Burton and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Ed Wood, could take advantage of Burton's magical realism comfort zone, but this one is pretty straight-laced, much to the film's benefit; too many Burton tricks would have made the film too cute for its own good. The story, however, isn't that strong. There are too few plot events in the second act that propel the action forward as we're waiting for Margaret Keane to force the film's inevitable conclusion. The climactic courtroom scene and "paint-off" are compelling enough, but it takes too long to get there.
Overall, Big Eyes is a good biopic, but it's not tight enough.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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