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Reviews: Big Eyes (2014)

big_eyesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Big Eyes non è un film particolarmente interessante o riuscito, lo sviluppo narrativo non ha mai una svolta, ma forse è l’inizio di qualcosa di nuovo per Burton. Una rivendicazione di autonomia e di libertà. Lontana dal mondo “burtoniano” e dai suoi attori feticcio, Johnny Depp e Helena Bonham Carter.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tim Burton recupera al creador que lleva dentro con una película que se salva de la quema de sus últimos trabajos. Una propuesta luminosa con un trasfondo oscuro y trágico, un cuento sobre la pérdida de la identidad y el menosprecio en función del género. Muy bien.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: at its most prolific moments, a first-wave feminist sort of film.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: An incredible return to form for Tim Burton, who once again has found an outsider hero worth filming, and who here does some of his finest work in bringing her to life.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: As a kid, I had a couple of framed Keane prints hanging in my room…at the time they were regarded as kitsch, but “Ed Wood” screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski unveil the fascinating story that lies underneath
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Está bien, pero a años luz de lo mejor de Tim Burton.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Call it a well-intentioned but half-hearted and misguided vindication.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Big Eyes’ tells the unbelievable yet fascinating story of Margaret Keane, who was literally the woman behind the man as her husband claimed credit for her popular artwork.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Intriguing but curiously shallow – revealing art as identity theft.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The script presents this all in a most appealing way that eschews the campy derision many have for her compositions in exchange for sincere affection. Tim Burton clearly identifies with Margaret Keane and his depiction of her comes from a place of love.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Big Eyes sucks all the life out of its talented cast, its cult-followed director, and should be avoided by all prone to disappointment in great artists who stumble into a mistake.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: At first, “Big Eyes” doesn’t feel like a recognizable Tim Burton picture with a welcome lighter touch, but his warmth and humor, fondness for kitsch, and surreal visual eye are certainly present. While a grinning Christoph Waltz is the show, a blonde-wigged Amy Adams is the heart.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: It may not be quite up there with the best of Burton, but ‘Big Eyes’ finds the master of the macabre in fine form, telling an ominous, often chilling story of sexism, emancipation, and art.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Big Eyes could have been a return to form for Burton had the director excised every frame of the film featuring Christoph Waltz, but it’s a stroke of genius for Amy Adams.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: In both visual and storytelling terms, this is the most straightforward movies that Burton has ever made.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: A lack of soul is what plagues Big Eyes as a whole. Throughout the movie, different characters, including Margaret and Terence Stamp’s icy art critic, debate the meaning of art, insisting that expression must come from somewhere deep within the artist herself–which is a big reason that Walter can’t keep up the charade. He’s only good for empty jiving.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a nice breath of fresh air from Burton, who shows that he can still create rich, lively characters without needing to rely on enhanced cinematic trickery.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Represents a solid return to form for Burton, even if it never attains the dizzying heights of ‘Ed Wood.’
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
Updated: June 8, 2015 — 9:59 pm

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