'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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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."
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  • 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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  • Tom Huddlestone Time Out
    60
    'Gigantic' is a film that succeeds by wearing the viewer down, as an infuriatingly coy, self-conscious first act gives way to a sweet and affecting climax.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mark Adams Sunday Mirror [UK]
    Gigantic tries so hard to be cute and quirky it forgets it should also try to be interesting.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lara Martin Digital Spy
    80
    It's very hard not to get sucked in to the charm of this movie. Dano and Deschanel play their parts to perfection, exuding just the right amount of awkwardness and insecurity to bring the story to life.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    40
    An indie comedy that's been kooked to a crisp. Wearing its quirkiness on its sleeve, the whole thing's just too self-consciously strange to engage.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christopher Tookey Daily Mail [UK]
    20
    By the end, I was thoroughly alienated by the movie's twee, self-satisfied empty-headedness and rooting for the homeless man to do his worst.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Angie Errigo Empire Magazine
    60
    Not quite this year's hip little indie romantic comedy that could, as it clearly aspires to be, but smart-ish and drily funny while overly littered with twitches and tweaks.
    Full Review » 5 years ago