Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) Reviews

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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August 14, 2007

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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October 3, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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September 12, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Brown
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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September 12, 2003

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.

| Original Score: B-
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
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August 15, 2003

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

| Original Score: 3/4
James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
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August 8, 2003

A modest amusement.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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August 7, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 19, 2003

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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July 10, 2003

Clever in a good way, this spirited documentary delves gently into the story of indie band They Might Be Giants, building a case for a couple of good-natured visionaries and pioneers who blazed trails for non-hair bands in the early days.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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June 28, 2003

AJ Schnack's delightful documentary on the askew duo captures their appeal so well that you could walk in knowing nothing about them and emerge a die-hard fan.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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June 28, 2003

The Giants' longevity flows from the fact that they can't be explained, only experienced.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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June 19, 2003

Their sheer existence affirms that all things corporate and bland don't always win out -- that music can be intimate, political and alienating, sometimes all on the same album.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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May 30, 2003

A gift for those already in the fold, for those who get the joke and just want to savor it with other like-minded fans.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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May 30, 2003

Does ample justice to the complexity, even profundity, of a creative collaboration that has brought deep joy and meaning to generations of fans throughout a career that just entered its third decade.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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May 28, 2003

The movie provides nearly as much pleasure as a greatest-hits CD -- although not quite as much as hearing 'Don't Let's Start' for the very first time.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
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May 23, 2003

The movie offers a generous helping of rock 'n' roll but no sex or drugs on the side, unless you count buckets of coffee, the group's stimulant of choice.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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May 23, 2003

Musician Syd Straw unintentionally strikes truth when she sardonically asks about the film, 'Is this more like a fluff piece?'

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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May 23, 2003

It's hard to go wrong with documentary subjects as articulate and intriguing as childhood friends John Flansburgh and John Linnell.

| Original Score: 3/4
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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May 22, 2003

As incessantly clever and coyly ironic as its subject's music.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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May 21, 2003

If you thought that the party-down metalheads in The Decline of Western Civilization II were full of themselves, just wait until you enter the echo chamber of whimsical egomania that is alt-rock attitude.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Goldfein
Village Voice
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May 20, 2003

John and John, it cannot be denied, are charming, witty, adorable, and quite capable of rocking.

Joan Anderman
Boston Globe
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August 2, 2002

Generous helpings of performance footage and band interviews will gratify the group's die-hard cult of fans. But there's stuff of interest here for general audiences, too.

| Original Score: 3/4