Gigantic (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 10, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Consensus: A clever, absorbing documentary about They Might Be Giants, a musical duo whose brainy, idiosyncratic brand of pop has earned them decades of cult success.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Prepare yourself for nights wandering around the house singing unshakable tunes.

Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

Tries to be as irreverent and bouncy as a song by its subject, and succeeds for the most part.

Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Gigantic documents how much work goes into the making of twee music.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

The flabby, fawning film Gigantic comes across as 102 minutes of rib-nudging by one of the duo's annoyingly self-satisfied connoisseurs.

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James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle

A modest amusement.

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David Cornelius

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.

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Mark Brown
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Kim Morgan

Engrossing, fun and oddly touching, Gigantic makes you wish the best for these guys.

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