'Gigantic' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   83 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    With its off-center dialogue and upscale industrial settings, Gigantic strains to be original. But beneath its indie affectations it is really another contemplation of generational misunderstanding.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    This film is entirely empty: empty of substance, devoid of plausible characters, and without anything like a satisfying style.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Gigantic plays like a Sundance movie with half the nouns removed; fetchingly cryptic for a while, it's ultimately just obscure.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    I don't remember ever wanting to just haul out and punch a movie before Gigantic.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Seriously? Indie directors are still making painfully twee, self-conscious romances all these years after Sundance birthed so many quirky cliches?
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    Aselton's reason for making this movie is easy to discern -- he wants to be a filmmaker. But coming up with a reason for watching this movie is more of a challenge.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    On the basis of Gigantic, Matt Aselton can make a fine and original film. This isn't quite it, but it has moments so good, all you wish for is a second draft.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The characters are richly layered and well acted. John Goodman is a standout as Deschanel's dad, a rich blowhard with a sweet candy center.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    The various twilight performances of the veteran players deserve a look, as do the always interesting appearances of Mr. Dano and Ms. Deschanel. Only the sparks are missing this time.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It looks like it was made for one-half of Joan Crawford's old soundstage Pepsi-Cola budget and sounds like it was written by chimpanzees.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Quirk fans, prepare to be lightly exhilarated.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    The characters and situations are a little too quirky for their own good. Everyone is skewed off-center and, while that can be charming in small measures, Gigantic overdoses on it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    First-time feature director Matt Aselton, who co-wrote the darkly funny, well-observed script with Adam Nagata, has crafted a disarming tale that's one of the better independent films in recent memory.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Hank Sartin Time Out
    60
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  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    40
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  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Occasionally rises above its limitations. The operative word is "occasionally."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sarah Sluis Film Journal International
    Romance and comedy are deftly balanced in an observation of the beautiful but strange
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Chambers Film Freak Central
    50
    More like 'bloated.'
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Irish Times
    40
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  • Neil Smith Total Film
    60
    Taking his cue from his leading man's minimalist, self-effacing performance, director and co-writer Matt Aselton has fashioned a wry homage to eccentricity.
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  • Kevin Maher Times [UK]
    40
    It's slyly misogynistic, dramatically inert, and wastes an intriguing boorish cameo from John Goodman.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chris Roberts Uncut Magazine [UK]
    60
    Yet there's an echo of Hal Ashby, or even Hal Hartley, in the subversion of easy truisms about relationships, and its primary note - mild anxiety - may make it a cult favourite.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ali Catterall Film4
    40
    The kind of mumbling, lank-haired, achingly self-conscious indie rom-com that gives mumbling, lank-haired, achingly self-conscious indie rom-coms a bad name.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sunday Mail [UK]
    60
    Quirky is certainly the word for this offbeat comedy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    20
    Everything that happens slots neatly into the art house template - wacky leads, wackier supporting players, coy alt-rock soundtrack - but director Matt Aselton doesn't know when to stop.
    Full Review » 5 years ago