Big Fan Reviews

  • An unblinking look at the hidden (or perhaps not so 
 hidden) pathology of American sports mania, in which the power and victory of your team becomes the sole conduit for your self-worth.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Big Fan is a spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A bleakly funny character study of a very particular species of urban fauna -- the sports radio call-in fanatic -- Big Fan is compulsively watchable.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Audiences are invited to congratulate themselves for not reviling Paul, as long as they keep him at arm's length.

    Vadim Rizov — Village Voice

  • The movie gets repetitive, and when it calls an audible and goes somewhere unexpected, it pulls back quickly. Too bad.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Oswalt nails Paul's mix of sadness and devotion, and Siegel gives the whole affair an air of gloom with just the barest hint of satire.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • A comedy with dark undertones, it asks: What kind of a man listens to and calls sports talk radio compulsively, even at 2 a.m.? Even out of season? Even on, say, Thanksgiving? He should get a life, do you think?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Though the movie isn't much to look at, he gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Big Fan shares a nutty kinship with the obsessive-loner pictures of Martin Scorsese, namely Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. And while Oswalt is no De Niro, the stand-up comic brings a schlumpy pathos to his portrait that shows depth and dimension.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Mr. Siegel nails so many quirky details, and finds humor in the smallest of moments, that Big Fan is surprisingly poignant, too.

    Sara Vilkomerson — New York Observer

  • It's a small, peculiar film, one unlikely to appeal much to women, non-sports fans and mainstreamers, but its uncomfortable comic insights should win it a loyal following.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • Superb Noo Yawk attitude, dialogue and performances keep the movie lively and tart, but it also turns out to have a surprising plot with a few twists you won't see coming.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • First-time director Siegel shows promise. His script is solid, and although the last act feels somewhat awkward, the idea is clever.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Writer-director Robert D. Siegel grew up listening to callers like Paul on The FAN, New York City's all-sports radio, and he gives us a bizarrely sympathetic portrait of a guy who is as devout and as obsessive as any religious fanatic.

    Jonathan F. Richards —

  • With its unremittingly bleak humor and eagerness to plumb the depths of fanboy abjection, Big Fan seems destined for a future in the cult canon.

    Dana Stevens — Slate

  • Writer/director Robert D. Siegel understands the psychology of the obsessive sports fan, and he brings it to the screen in Big Fan, a dark comedy that occasionally skirts close to the edge of tragedy.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Dark and engrossing look at a sports fanatic.

    Duane Byrge — Hollywood Reporter

  • What's left is a vivid portrait of an exceedingly ordinary man for whom there's no great epiphany or cliched redemption. That may be Siegel's trickiest play of all.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • Robert Siegel makes a potent directing debut with a scrappy movie that refuses to sentimentalize or ridicule its besieged hero worshipper.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • Big Fan is a poignant, dead-on character study, an examination of a crisis in the life of the most die-hard of die-hard New York Giants football fans.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

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