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1,088 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

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2014 | Nominee: Worst Male Images in a Movie

What are people saying?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Big Eyes

    This is Burton operating at his most subtle & affecting. The commentary on artistic integrity, complete with digs against the way art is broadly marketed & critiqued, is deeply felt. As is the thematic & stylistic emphasis on the world of 60s kitsch, reminiscent of earlier works by the same director. It loses momentum in the third act, but remains a sensitive look into an abusive relationship, brilliantly performed.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Big Eyes

    I can see Why Big Eyes appealed to Tim Burton. The story can really easily be read as an illustration of the eternal fight between producers and directors, between financiers and auteurs, between the one who pays for and the one who creates. Recommended.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Big Eyes

    Burton has gone off the boil a bit. This is didactic cinema, where the antagonist increasingly lacks complexity by the denouement. Nothing wrong in the acting, mise-en-scene and narrative in and of itself, and Margaret Keane's story points to a real injustice but I think I'm particularly critical because Burton at his best is divine. The third act lacks much needed nuance.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Big Eyes

    Adams shines and Waltz... well... plays Waltz. Otherwise the movie is incredibly bland and painfully formulaic. The voice-over is *useless* (what were they thinking? it's one of those VO that just repeats what's happening on screen, not unlike the one in Twilight. uh uh). And the ending is probably one of the most anti-climatic endings in film history. A shame for this wonderful story to be so badly told.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Big Eyes

    Character deconstruction in place of development, pandering narration, thematic contradictions, and a bland formal design. It's greatest strength is in its mise-en-scene, colours and costumes which accurately evoke the period. Not enough. 50/100 - Mediocre

  • ‏ㅤ's rating of the film Big Eyes

    'tis apparent from the hateful ratings here that I'm the only one here who feels Big Eyes sweeps Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows and Alice under the rug where they belong as Tim's finest film since Sweeney. My what big lies you have. "the more you lie the smaller you seem" Adam Parfrey's book and the My Kid Could Paint That documentary might interest.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Big Eyes

    I think that this film quietly represents a turning point for Tim Burton, in which he returns to making quality and interesting cinema. This makes me happy.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Big Eyes

    The female submission and authorship ethics issues are pretty well treated, however the movie lacks emotion. But what really pissed me off was that feeling of "damn, this is a Tim Burton film" only appeared to happen for 2 minutes at the supermarket scene.