Big Eyes

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2014
Big Eyes


A drama about 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.

Dove Review

“Big Eyes” is based on a true story and features a strong performance by Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the woman whose unique style of painting characters with large eyes became hugely popular under her husband Walter’s name. Walter (Christoph Waltz) seizes her paintings and ascribes her work to him. He is subtle at first, saying he is Keane and she is Keane and that she will share in the financial gain. But he is a shrewd businessman and popular with people, so he keeps Margaret hidden away in her painting room, churning out new works of art for him to claim.

The tension begins to mount as Walter puts more and more pressure on Margaret and continues to take the credit. He soon mass-produces posters of her artwork and only cares how well the art is selling. At one point a customer says, “Your husband is quite an artist. Do you paint too?”

Eventually Margaret finds her voice and speaks up, taking her daughter away and finally telling a radio station that the work has always been done by her. Eventually Mr. and Mrs. Keane wind up in court and it is up to a judge to decide who the real painter is. The judge comes up with an imaginative solution: each of them is provided with supplies and must paint a portrait. The judge knows that only one of them will be able to match the previous work. Margaret’s painting is labeled “Exhibit 224.” The ending is satisfying, and it is a shame that we cannot award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Unfortunately, strong language prevents us from doing so.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple; woman begins relationship with man while separated from her husband, but she and her husband soon divorce.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-4; For G's Sake-1; Ch*ist-2; For Ch*ist Sake-1; J-1; F you-1; To H with Dick-1; H-5; P-1; S-5; SOB-2; A-1; D-1.
Violence: Man slams drink down on a glass coffee table and breaks it; man throws matches at his wife and step-daughter; man almost sets painting room on fire; man grabs an art critic and threatens him with a fork.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking in several scenes; wine with meals; a reefer comment.
Nudity: Cleavage in several scenes; woman wears short shorts and her thigh is seen as she sits; women in swimwear.
Other: Fraud and deceit; comment about trying the Buddhist temple for salvation; woman says she prayed to Kane, the Hawaiian god of creation; tension between characters.


Company: The Weinstein Company LLC
Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 106 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter