Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Separate interviews with Flansburgh and Linnell inject the most life and gentle conflict into the film, peeling back their unique musical marriage and friendship.
  3. 80
    Loaded with tons of personal stories told by both Johns (the two main members of They Might Be Giants) as well as people within the music industry.
  4. 80
    Fannish but intelligent chronicle of indie pop band They Might Be Giants.
  5. 80
    An absorbing and inspiring portrait of two musicians whose unerring sense of what's right -- both artistically and ethically -- has not just held them in good stead but driven their particular brand of success.
  6. 80
    Schnack's sprightly, engaging documentary Gigantic takes a leisurely stroll through TMBG's career, mixing energetic live performances with smartly chosen clips, a few quirky detours, and compelling interviews with the likes of Dave Eggers, Sarah Vowell, and Ira Glass.
  7. 75
    It's hard to go wrong with documentary subjects as articulate and intriguing as childhood friends John Flansburgh and John Linnell.
  8. Adoring, appropriately offbeat documentary.
  9. Gigantic has the informal tone and structure of an illustrated scrapbook with excerpts from concert and television performances interwoven with lighthearted testimonials by friends, supporters, collaborators and admirers and augmented by witty animated segments.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    It's shiny, amusing, incessantly clever, but sometimes a tad too snarky for its own good.
  11. 70
    John and John, it cannot be denied, are charming, witty, adorable, and quite capable of rocking.
  12. A fan's dream, A.J. Schnack's worshipful documentary about the musical duo They Might Be Giants does a nice job reflecting the thoughtful, quirky sensibility of its subjects' songs. Just don't expect to learn much about the guys themselves.
  13. A unintentionally funny fanzine-flavored documentary.
  14. Forget "The Revenge of the Nerds." This is the real thing.
  15. 50
    These live performances and classic music videos drive home the point that part of the Giants' longevity flows from the fact that they can't be explained, only experienced.
  16. 50
    Despite Schnack's half-hearted attempt to divide the film into chapters, his film is too unstructured to hold the interest of non-fans who might have appreciated a somewhat less hagiographic approach.
  17. Not only does it feel like an exclusive party at which there is definitely no room for the uninitiated, its waves of idolization barely leave room for the band itself. Good as they are, They Might Be Giants deserve a better film.
  18. Will likely test the patience of all but the most devoted fans.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AdamA.
    Mar 27, 2007
    This is a very interesting documentary whether you love the band or have a slight interest. The way it was made gave it an interesting spin. This is a very interesting documentary whether you love the band or have a slight interest. The way it was made gave it an interesting spin. Hopefully the director will go on to even better things. Full Review »