Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)
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John Flansburgh and John Linnell are a pair of musicians who met when they were fellow junior-high misfits in the town of Lincoln, MA. Sharing a fondness for off-center pop music and absurdist humor, the pair decided to form a band, and later moved to Brooklyn, NY, in search of their big break. Adopting a rather unusual two-man lineup (guitar and accordion accompanied by a drum machine), the duo began performing as They Might Be Giants, and their shows were part concert, part performance art, and part edgy comedy. Slowly but surely, They Might Be Giants became one of the biggest bands on the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Prepare yourself for nights wandering around the house singing unshakable tunes."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Tries to be as irreverent and bouncy as a song by its subject, and succeeds for the most part."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"Gigantic documents how much work goes into the making of twee music."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Comforting and pleasant."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Even at face value the world of TMBG is still wonderful and fascinating, making for an engaging film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"The flabby, fawning film Gigantic comes across as 102 minutes of rib-nudging by one of the duo's annoyingly self-satisfied connoisseurs."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A modest amusement."
‑ James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle
"Gigantic may not be as different a music movie as it thinks it is, what with its by-the-book fluffiness. But that's OK, really, since it's a fun watch anyway."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Suffers the same banal fate of most band documentaries. It's essential for rabid fans but even ordinary ones will live rich and meaningful lives without ever having seen one minute of it."
‑ Kevin John Bozelka, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Should be sent out to fan club members, not exhibited in movie theaters."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Predictably, Flansburgh and Linnell are the saving grace of the movie, both in their interview segments (refreshingly witty, although the editing could have been tighter) and particularly in the live footage."
‑ Mark Brown, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"As tooting-your -own-horn documentaries about innovative alt-rockers who've been around for 20 years go, Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns goes very well indeed."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Engrossing, fun and oddly touching, Gigantic makes you wish the best for these guys."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"As a film, Gigantic is excessive and poorly structured."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"As entertaining as Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) is most of the time, you kind of wish the filmmakers would have concentrated a little more on the music itself."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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