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1,290 Ratings

Big Eyes

Directed by Tim Burton
United States, 2014
Drama, Biography


A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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Big Eyes Directed by Tim Burton

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

BAFTA Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Leading Actress

Golden Globes (USA)

2015 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Art should elevate, not pander," intones the critic; Big Eyes is somewhere in between, too entertaining to pander – it’s light-hearted rather than preachy – but too superficial to elevate. There’s a much better film to be made from this story, but I didn’t really mind.
January 12, 2015
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[It’s] an exceedingly clumsily made movie about artistic imposture, full of scenes that run into a wall rather than hit a mark, never threatening to develop a rhythm but, at best, as in Christoph Waltz’s pinball-antic courtroom scene, occasionally running rampant. The appeal of Burton is, as ever, in the art direction rather than the direction.
January 09, 2015
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The film is only interested in exploring how awful it is that Margaret is having the fruits of her personal creativity relinquished from her – unquestioning of whether the fame she enjoys would’ve ever been possible were it not for her abusive partnership with Walter. That’s not to say what happened to her was a good thing, but it would’ve been a radical move had the film not been so quick to her defence.
December 26, 2014
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