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Family Movie Review: Big Eyes (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 105 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is mostly about the abusive marriage between painter Margaret Keane and her sociopath husband Walter over a span of numerous decades, so there is a primary focus on their troubling, problematic relationship, including threats of violence and domestic harm; setting a room on fire with a mother and daughter inside; some drinking and smoking; relationship infidelity and some kissing; and some cursing.

Tim Burton directs ‘Big Eyes,’ a biopic about painter Margaret Keane and her abusive husband Walter. Although Amy Adams is dependable as Keane, the film never goes deep enough into her creative motivations or the relationship between artists and the public to be really compelling.

By Roxana Hadadi

Tim Burton thankfully doesn’t fully live up to his recently disappointing reputation with his latest film, “Big Eyes,” but just because the biopic doesn’t go full-on caricature doesn’t mean it’s particularly good. It’s not as repellant as “Alice in Wonderland” or as useless as “Dark Shadows,” but “Big Eyes,” about the marriage between artist Margaret Keane and the husband who stole the credit for her work, doesn’t feel like a fully realized film, or one fully confident in its supplementary messaging.

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