Giant Reviews

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February 3, 2021
If Stevens intended Giant as a great work of art, serious doubts arise as to both his artistic judgment and his ability to rise above the level of his material.
August 22, 2020
Dean's unstrained authenticity is remarkable, made more amusing when it conceals intellect and a ferocious ambition.
March 27, 2020
The contrast between Hudson's stolid, genteel acting style and Dean's more electric approach gives Giant the energy it needs to propel its massive, decades-spanning narrative...
January 29, 2020
Edna Ferber's sprawling yarn about life in Texas has its share of corn, and so has the film, but master director George Stevens has put it all together with vitality and insight.
September 29, 2019
Giant (1956) is a sprawling, grandiose and iconic western epic and melodrama based on Edna Ferber's celebrated 1952 novel. It told about two generations of a wealthy American cattle ranching family in Texas spanning a twenty-five year period
October 10, 2018
Including a fine performance from Elizabeth Taylor, great acting from Rock Hudson and a piercing portrayal from James Dean. Giant stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great ones.
March 21, 2018
Giant, in spite of its length, seldom seems long -- its story is too eventful, its effects too picturesque, and its director too skilful for that even over so long an expanse of time. It may not be a great film but it is certainly an awesome one.
September 28, 2016
Sweeping saga of American prosperity that reveals its racist underbelly; glorious star vehicle that upends rigid gender roles; modern western that questions the validity of frontier land ownership.
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.
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.
November 13, 2007
Like the title says.
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.
November 13, 2007
Much of it is awful, but it's almost impossible not to be taken in by the narrative sprawl.
May 11, 2007
Dean's last performance is poetry in motion.
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.
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.
October 7, 2005
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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.
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