'Gigantic' Critic Reviews

50%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
37%
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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Quirk fans, prepare to be lightly exhilarated.
    Full Review » 6 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 » 6 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 » 6 years ago
  • Hank Sartin Time Out
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    20
    This is some of the worst writing of the year, from the meaningless title down. Oh yeah, and a tramp keeps showing up to beat up Dano throughout. Not quite sure why, but I applaud the effort.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    The film obviously got a grant from Cool Aid, the endowment fund targeted at US filmmakers with nothing to say but a million airheaded ways to say it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    80
    This gentle romance is so wilfully quirky that it will drive some audiences a bit crazy. But if you can connect to the film's warmth and the humanity of its characters, it really gets under the skin.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    A likable cast brings some charm and humour to Gigantic but it remains an overly mannered, self-conscious effort.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sun Online
    40
    Don't hope for anything profound among the smug coolness.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Limara Salt Little White Lies
    80
    Here the characters drive everything - they're quirky without being annoying, funny without being clownish and odd but realistic. As funny and interesting as it is, however, the film raises more question than it answers.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
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