• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lee Kirk
    In Theaters:
    Apr 27, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 9, 2012
  • Tribeca Films

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The Giant Mechanical Man Reviews

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Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2012
Brandon Judell
GreenCine

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

Full Review Source: GreenCine

May 8, 2012
Julie Hinds
Detroit Free Press
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It's a wistful charmer.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"The Giant Mechanical Man" won't change your life but it might lighten your heart.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

May 4, 2012
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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 Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 3.5/5.0

May 2, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

April 30, 2012
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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 Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 28, 2012
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

An earnest, good-hearted movie.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2012

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

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 3/10

April 27, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Under a few layers of urban twee is a sly, knowing little romantic comedy full of spiky performances.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2012
John Anderson
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

April 26, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

April 26, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 25, 2012
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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A winsome, though clunky, romance mercifully sidelines the obvious symbolism...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2012
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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Fischer ... imbues Janice with a wounded soulfulness that cuts right through the clichés.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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A romance whose anodyne find-your-bliss theme is likeable but underwhelming, Lee Kirk's The Giant Mechanical Man doesn't fully exploit its premise's charms.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 24, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

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

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

April 20, 2012
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine

A romantic comedy whose quirkiness is complemented by italicized exposition.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

April 17, 2012
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