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  • Summary: 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 ofBig 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, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work. [The Weinstein Company] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 23, 2014
    100
    Shot for shot, Big Eyes is one of the most beautiful-looking movies of 2014, but to say that isn’t enough, because it’s not just pretty, not just pleasing to the eye. It’s visually astute. It is made by people aware of what these screen images mean, what they refer to, and the psychological effect that they will have on an audience.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Especially in a year so devoid of serious female-led dramas, it's invigorating to see a feminist crowd-pleaser with the force of moral righteousness on its side. But Big Eyes is good, not great. What keeps it from excellence is its reluctance to explore the very questions it raises.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 23, 2014
    75
    As provocative as the questions it raises are — questions about connoisseurship vs. populism, personal expression vs. the market, and the dark arts of press, publicity and shrewd self-invention — the film’s achievements stay on the surface of those themes rather than plunging deeper.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 30, 2014
    63
    A recent showing of Burton's artwork at New York's Museum of Modern Art attracted long lines and critical brickbats. Maybe that's why Big Eyes, for all its tonal shifts and erratic pacing, seems like Burton's most personal and heartfelt film in years, a tribute to the yearning that drives even the most marginalized artist to self expression no matter what the hell anyone thinks.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 24, 2014
    60
    The Keane story is a rich parable that deserves either a wilder or a more acute telling than Burton provides here.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 22, 2014
    60
    Certainly we care for Margaret and the way Walter has her trapped, but her character comes across as a cypher representing a great number of issues without being a real individual. This movie wants to be an oil painting, but ends up being more of a mass-produced, though good-quality print.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Dec 22, 2014
    33
    Campy and cartoonish, Burton’s Big Eyes is not the return to form many were hoping for. It is another phony and hollow piece of sugary kitschploitation masquerading under the guise of an “important true story” that places a nearly grotesque premium on style over any traces over substance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Jan 2, 2015
    9
    Big Eyes is a lot of fun with the kind of distinctive look that Tim Burton always gives his films, although this time it’s the opposite ofBig Eyes is a lot of fun with the kind of distinctive look that Tim Burton always gives his films, although this time it’s the opposite of dark and Goth. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz give wonderful performances, and the film has a lot to say about the Fifties and how that era affected women’s lives, and what exactly art is. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2015
    9
    Christoph Waltz's name is synonymous with great movies in my opinion, I just love this guy and love seeing him perform. This movie is noChristoph Waltz's name is synonymous with great movies in my opinion, I just love this guy and love seeing him perform. This movie is no exception, but the big surprise was from Amy Adams, who killed it with her stunning performance. The story is both shocking and disturbing, and the great Tim Burton portrayed the 50's women discrimination beautifully. Definitely recommend this movie, and please do not take credit for other people's work no matter how big or small it is Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2015
    8
    Tim Burton looks like he's going back to his roots of what made his films great from the first place. That's nice news I like to hear.

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    Tim Burton looks like he's going back to his roots of what made his films great from the first place. That's nice news I like to hear.

    Big Eyes tells the story of a painter "Margaret Keane" flourished in the 1950s, as her paintings featuring children with large eyes became the rage. In the 1960s, her husband Walter Keane started taking credit for her work, leading to a long, difficult legal battle.

    Tim Burton back in his glory days was the best. Releasing movies that turn out amazing or great, but something happened with Burton when he started directing remakes of classic movies or old TV shows. Yeah Tim made so pretty crappy movies in the 2000's such as: Plant of the Apes (2001), Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark shadows. At one point I was losing hope for him as the great director that he was is soon gone, until a film called Frankenweenie came out in 2012 that I actually liked and give me more hope for Burton. And now I sawed Big Eyes and yeah Burton still got it, because this movie is pretty damn good.

    Amy Adams pulls off once again a fantastic performance in this movie. She brought such a powerful weight and a heart hitting performance to her character that's actually base on Margaret Keane that you has a viewer knows how she feels as her dream has been taken away from her. Shes such a brilliant actress that it's kind of sickening that she hasn't won a Oscar yet, I mean come on.

    Christoph Waltz in this movie was good but I think at times he dose come off over the top, a bit cartoony and not on this earth human been who would act like this person. But I can't conform that yet, because Margaret Keane is still alive today and maybe she described him like that and Waltz got him spot on, but I still can't conform that yet. But anywhere Waltz has I said was good but I bit cartoony.

    Tim Burton directing a movie with no white face paint, No Johnny Depp or his wife Helena Bonham Carter, a simple movie with so beautiful shot scenes that the good all Tim Burton use to do in his golden days....yep Burton's back everyone and he shows that he still can do drama and he still dose. Now would I put this up there with ED wood or Big Fish? no but it's good to see Burton still got it after years of directing and in this he did pretty good.

    For problems: The start of this movie didn't really suck me in with it's story and character's, it's until later on it finally did. The movie did drag at times and has I said before about Waltz being a bit cartoony at times.

    Overall Big Eyes was a lot of fun to watch. Amy Adams dose a brilliant job in this film and this is a solid Tim Burton film.
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  4. Jan 8, 2015
    7
    In the early 60s, Keane paintings of pitiful waifs were all the rage. Turns out that Margaret (Amy Adams) painted them, but her charismaticIn the early 60s, Keane paintings of pitiful waifs were all the rage. Turns out that Margaret (Amy Adams) painted them, but her charismatic husband (Christoph Waltz) took the credit. He also revolutionized the commercialization of popular art. Their first happy, then tumultuous marriage takes a repetitive long time to get to the courtroom showdown, which also goes on too long. Adams turns this halting, insecure character into a nuanced and compelling performance. Director Tim Burton minimized the bizarre flourishes expected from his work, to tell a straightforward narrative. While it's a fascinating story and Adams is worth the ticket, the film feels more like an informative historical replay, than a moving personal drama. NOTE: Look for the real Margaret in a conspicious cameo on a park bench behind Adam's easel in an early scene. Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2015
    7
    Big eyes has a serious not so interesting story about a fraud. Burton loses some details and adds some fantasy and comedy to the story to makeBig eyes has a serious not so interesting story about a fraud. Burton loses some details and adds some fantasy and comedy to the story to make it more interesting which he succeeds. It’s a PG-13 movie so feel comfortable to watch it with your family. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2015
    7
    "Big Eyes" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Amy Adams is fantastic and while she won a Golden Globe for her performance, she was
    "Big Eyes" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Amy Adams is fantastic and while she won a Golden Globe for her performance, she was completely overlooked by the Academy and wasn't even nominated. That's a shame because she at least deserved that much as she shows amazing range in this film morphing from meek pushover, to scared and abused, and finally to strong and independent ... which was highly frowned upon in the era that the film takes place in. Christoph Waltz was uneven, but when he was on he was also great. The supporting cast excels as well with standout performances from Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Jason Schwartzman. At times powerful and poignant, Big Eyes is an entertaining tale overall.

    The Bad: What prevents the film from truly being great is the film's oddly placed comedic moments. At times, the film almost becomes a full blown comedy, which was an odd decision and felt out of place. Christoph Waltz's Walter Keane was presented as an especially comedic and slapstickish character at times which was a waste of his talent. While the film would shift gears and go back to it's more entertaining dramatic tone, the back and forth was jarring and takes away from the film.
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  7. Dec 28, 2014
    2
    What "Big Eyes" you have?
    The better to see- the story is too small for the big screen and Christoph Waltz -same old song and dance
    What "Big Eyes" you have?
    The better to see- the story is too small for the big screen and Christoph Waltz -same old song and dance performance-too big. An opening scene paints a portrait of an independent woman way before her time- then proceeds to drain her of all her color. Her muted relationships with daughter and "friend" are barely visible. Why she is so blind to all that surrounds her - remains a mystery. A beautifully shot film that hangs too much on one big lie.
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