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Big Eyes

Twenty years after Ed Wood, Tim Burton reunites with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for another comic biopic about a naive artist--Margaret Keane, whose cheesy portraits of kids with giant peepers sold like hotcakes in the 1960s. The movie focuses on her fraught marriage to Walter Keane, a charming con artist who took credit for her work but made them both rich by knowing how to market it. Burton and the writers inspire a certain amount of sympathy for Margaret, presenting her as sincere and morally upright, but ultimately they have more in common with Walter, exploiting the subjects' unironic devotion to kitsch for condescending laughs. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are charismatic in the lead roles; occasionally they distract from the movie's overall smugness. With Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, and Krysten Ritter.



  • Tim Burton


  • Amy Adams
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Danny Huston
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Terence Stamp
  • Jon Polito
  • Delaney Raye
  • Madeleine Arthur
  • Elisabetta Fantone
  • Farryn VanHumbeck
  • James Saito


  • Tim Burton
  • Lynette Howell
  • Scott Alexander
  • Larry Karaszewski
  • Bob Weinstein
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Jamie Patricof
  • Katterli Frauenfelder
  • Derek Frey

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