Gigantic (2009)

There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano stars as Brian, an unhappy mattress salesman whose infatuation with Happy (Zooey Deschanel), one of his attractive customers, temporarily pushes aside his obsession with adopting a Chinese baby in this… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 3, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This overly quirky, incessantly whimsical indie is too self-conscious for its own good.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

'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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Gigantic plays like a Sundance movie with half the nouns removed; fetchingly cryptic for a while, it's ultimately just obscure.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Occasionally rises above its limitations. The operative word is "occasionally."

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

One of those indies that seems to be trying to top the quirkiness quotient of Juno.

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Romance and comedy are deftly balanced in an observation of the beautiful but strange

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Zooey Deschanel is the most delightful young actress in Hollywood.

Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

More like 'bloated.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
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Nicki Marie
Interesting but flawed. It's a little too slow and doesn't make sense in some places, (for example, we never find out who the guy is who is following… More
Manu Gino
When it comes to family and relationships, there are no small surprises Good movie. This movie was really mellow and slow but it was kinda good. Paul Dano is… More
Red Lats
A plain movie about a normal guy who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. Then he meets a quirky girl. Most of the professional movie raters do not rate it too… More
Alice Shen
A movie that seems to want to make a political or humanistic statement but over-quirks itself instead. Brian is quirkily shy; Happy is quirkily fucked-up (she… More
Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Brian Avers, John Goodman, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, Zach Galifianakis, Frank Harts, Clarke Peters, Aryn Cole DIRECTED BY:… More