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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Though it takes time to find its courage and heart, Gigante, like its oversized hero, merely has a slow, shy way of doing things. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is impeccable but distant, lacking in spontaneity and not very original. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Gigante represents the sort of artful low-budget accomplishment that could, and should, be coming out of distressingly stingy Chicago once a year — whatever the subject, whatever the sensibility. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Because of the limitations imposed by the nature of Gigante, and because of Jara's simple, almost childish shyness, the film doesn't transcend its characters. Like Jara, it waits and watches. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Camandule gives a strong performance as the lovesick guard, but Svarcas gets little chance to show her skills. There's minimal dialogue and camera movement -- but lots of charm. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The problem is that the film also refuses to move beyond a glacial pace, and its choice to go slow-and-low doesn’t scream art-house aesthetic so much as unintentionally sluggish. For such a small character study, that decision ends up being a doozy of a deal breaker. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    As unpretentious as it is perceptive, Gigante is a gem. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    It is an appealing, gently comedic prologue to a love story. show more

  • 70
    Chicago Reader

    It's an interesting film but not enthralling, a little like Steven Soderbergh's "Bubble" minus the element of crime. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    With potentially lethargic materials, Biniez has made a quiet, intent, involving film, a moony-innocent urban alienation fairy tale of bashful ogre and village beauty--and it never quite crests. show more

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