Giant Reviews

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Philip Kemp
Total Film
April 14, 2014
The combination of director George Stevens and source novelist Edna Ferber, both given to expressions of overblown high seriousness, yields a long, slow, achingly self-important movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 6, 2013
This ambitious adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel is often touched by greatness, yet it's ultimately too scattershot to satisfactorily maintain its bloated 200-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 13, 2007
Like the title says.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
November 13, 2007
An excellent film which registers strongly on all levels, whether it's in its breathtaking panoramic shots of the dusty Texas plains; the personal, dramatic impact of the story itself, or the resounding message it has to impart.

November 13, 2007
Its deeper themes and superb performances from Taylor, Hudson and Dean make it a classic Hollywood epic.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2007
Much of it is awful, but it's almost impossible not to be taken in by the narrative sprawl.
Cole Smithey
May 11, 2007
Dean's last performance is poetry in motion.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Stevens' sprawling epic of Texan life, taken from Edna Ferber's novel, strives so hard for Serious Statements that it ends up as a long yawn.
Emanuel Levy
December 13, 2005
Some critics consider Giant to too bloated and sprawling, but by its era's standards, it exposed idelogical cracks in the American Dream, the myth of melting pot, women's allotted place in society.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2005
For a reason I cannot fathom, Giant still has a reputation as a fine film, and it will no doubt go on boring audiences forever and a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 24, 2004
An uneven, but satisfying variation on the traditional western.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 27, 2004
Old-fashioned life-of-a-family pic that's like nothing you'll see today -- and I mean that in the best way possible.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 12, 2004
Overrated, overlong, and marred by some of the worst old age make-up ever seen.
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
September 29, 2003
A decent sprawling family epic. Surprised somebody hasn't remade it for television.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
Essential viewing
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 27, 2003
remains an entertaining film for many of its small moments
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
June 14, 2003
A real movie is big, grand, magnificent and regales you with all the power that movies can wield upon a viewer's imagination and spirit. George Stevens' 1956 production, Giant, is a real movie.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 7, 2003
Offers a lively portrait of a marriage that weathers all storms and evolves over time into something more than it was at the outset.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 3, 2003
Giant is a gentle monstrosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Giant, for all its complexity, is a strong contender for the year's top-film award.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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