Big Eyes Reviews

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January 22, 2021
The stranger-than-fiction biopic Big Eyes is only the second of [Tim Burton's] non-animated pictures to have a woman at its center, and, perhaps not surprisingly, it's one of the richest portraits he's brought to the screen yet.
May 23, 2016
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.
March 27, 2015
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.
January 12, 2015
A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement.
January 5, 2015
Ultimately boils down to being just another movie about an abusive marriage.
January 5, 2015
Big Eyes still has a fascinating story to tell, re-creating the world of Beat-era San Francisco and shooting a Hawaiian honeymoon in glowing Technicolor tones.
January 2, 2015
Big Eyes is Tim Burton's most intimate and subtle film since Ed Wood, to which it feels a companion piece.
January 2, 2015
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are charismatic in the lead roles; occasionally they distract from the movie's overall smugness.
January 2, 2015
Waltz may play Walter as a mincing gadabout and Lothario whose real talent lies in self-promotion, but it's Adams' Margaret and her dawning realization of her own inner strength that holds the film aloft.
January 1, 2015
It's not the kind of performance that screams for attention. No showboating physical transformation or wrenching psychological endurance test. She barely even raises her voice. But as the artist Margaret Keane, Amy Adams is quietly extraordinary.
January 1, 2015
The more you think about it, the more you see all the subtextual tricks that were missed.
December 30, 2014
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.
December 29, 2014
Adams adds another excellent performance to her formidable rsum, with an equally impressive show by Waltz who plays her bellicose husband with panache and a chilling edge.
December 29, 2014
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.
December 29, 2014
Adams is lovely and tremulous, but Big Eyes would be even better if Waltz was in the same key.
December 28, 2014
After the bloated uncertainties of Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows (his last two live-action features), it's encouraging to find Burton returning to a more intimate canvas.
December 26, 2014
Waltz ham-and-eggs Adams off the screen. In the process, the movie strands her character without an inner life, a psychology, or anything that would indicate what makes her tick.
December 26, 2014
The whole cast is hamstrung by a script that only runs Wikipedia-deep.
December 25, 2014
The story is just so downright weird that the film can't help but be compelling. Just not as compelling as it could have been.
December 25, 2014
I watched wide-eyed with dismay while the film turned as lifeless as the paintings.
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