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The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,691


Movie Info

Janice (Jenna Fischer) is down on her luck. Out of work and living with her well-intentioned but overbearing sister Jill, Janice is struggling to find her way and build a fulfilling life for herself. When she meets Tim (Chris Messina), a street performer whose unique talents as a "living statue" don't exactly pay the bills, she recognizes a kindred spirit. As they get to know each other, Janice begins to feel that she has met a like-minded person who could make her happy. But as their connection … More

PG-13 (for some sexual content and brief strong language)
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In Theaters:
Oct 9, 2012
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Tribeca Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Giant Mechanical Man

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6)

It's a wistful charmer.

Full Review… | May 7, 2012
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

"The Giant Mechanical Man" won't change your life but it might lighten your heart.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Replete with eye-roll-inducing contrivances and heavy-handed symbolism - both lovers share dreams of their teeth falling out - this arrested-development comedy panders to the work-averse by taking easy aim at ambitious careerists.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Under a few layers of urban twee is a sly, knowing little romantic comedy full of spiky performances.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Grinding its gears a bit in an attempt to achieve maximum quirkiness, "The Giant Mechanical Man" will meet most audiences' standards for "charming."

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Top Critic

Fischer at least has personal and romantic reasons to be involved with this film, but audiences are unencumbered by such obligations, and should heed the title's warning sign and opt out of Kirk, Fischer, and Messina's fruitless little circle of pain.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

The Giant Mechanical Man has the heart of a smart, sophisticated indie rom-com with wacky supporting players swiped from your average Kate Hudson clunker.

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
Big Hollywood

A solid summer palate cleanser to savor between all those main courses of superhero wham-a-thons.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012

This cute dramedy tackles well-trod ground in the world of indie film but Lee Kirk conveys enough honest affection for his well-crafted characters that the piece works.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012

The only thing creakier than the title character in this low-budget romantic comedy might be the script.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012

Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina generate sweet chemistry together as two lonely people who find each other during stressful times in their lives.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An earnest, good-hearted movie.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Aisle Seat

A listless slacker comedy about listless thirtysomethings who aimlessly wander, as much in need of a job as in a decent script.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012

A clumsily titled but winsome romantic comedy that quietly sneaks its way into your affection.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Film Journal International

For a first-time filmmaker, Lee Kirk sure knows how to pick his establishing shots.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012
Slant Magazine

Kirk's wispy screenplay is light on conflict and memorable moments, but the cast elevates the film to a pleasurable diversion.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Television Without Pity

A romantic comedy whose quirkiness is complemented by italicized exposition.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Giant Mechanical Man

It's not perfect, but it is a charmingly, quirky film. Though bizarre at times, it is occasionally funny, well-filmed, and has an interesting premise. What makes up for the film's cliched or odd moments is Jenna Fischer's great performance. Ms. Fischer makes an engaging and likable protagonist which begs the question what is next for her career in film. She delivers the awkward lines flawlessly and charms the viewer from beginning to end.


This is a sweet Indie style romantic comedy. It is a little slow moving, but never dull. Chris Messina, and Jenna Fischer, are both completely adorable. A real feel good, makes you smile a lot, kind of movie...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


"I am sure this was suppose to be some meaningful and inspirational movie about finding the one who supports all your dreams and makes you feel all whole inside. But it only annoyed me and bored me to death. I am all for quirky films with out of the box characters and unique stories. But I just could not give even just a half of a fuck for this one. Which sucks because I am usually the biggest supporter of small indie flicks like this, but it just wasn't working for me. Plus Topher plays the BIGGEST douche bag I have yet to come across in a movie this year. Jenna Fischer's character was pathetic and a pushover which made her unlikable. Malin's character was annoying as hell. Just wanted to put a fist through her skull. Chris Messina was the only character I liked. Which isn't saying much since most of the movie he is dressed as some oversized robot who doesn't speak. Hmm. Well I guess what I am trying to say is, I didn't like the movie. I thought I would just put that out there in case it wasn't obvious."


Super Reviewer


"The Giant Mechanical Man" is a quaint little love story with a subtle performance from Jenna Fischer, who proves she should definitely be in more films, while Chris Messina steals the show, as he often does, harnessing a way with words unmatched by most actors today. Often just scratching the surface of an actual deeply romantic film, had the writing been more developed and dug passed its casual conversations and repetitive, everyday life dialogue, "The Giant Mechanical Man" could have been so much more.

Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

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