Rating: PG-13, for thematic elements and brief strong language.
The story of Margaret Keane, whose kitschy paintings of waifs with enormous, sad eyes drew a large following in the 1960s, is probably suitable for kids around age 10 and up, especially those with an interest in art. Amy Adams stars as Margaret, whose grandstanding husband, Walter (Christoph Waltz), took credit for her work for years — with her meek permission — and became a megalomaniacal celebrity. But as his fame grew, so did his alcoholism and his temper. He drunkenly puts Margaret and her daughter in danger when he sets fire to her art studio. There is also some language in director Tim Burton’s film and a tiny bit of violence: a bar brawl that’s played for laughs. Eventually, though, Big Eyes does have a message of female empowerment, as Margaret finds the courage to stand up to Walter and claim credit for her work.