Big Fan Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
May 10, 2013
Despite the rough-around-the-edges direction, this was a compelling character study, anchored by an astonishing performance by Patton Oswalt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 25, 2012
Astute at observing the behaviors and mindset of the fan who sees no distinction between himself and the team.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 28, 2010
Unlovable loser chooses the "low" road
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 24, 2010
Paul may in many ways be the ultimate 'loser' but he feels like a 'winner', so this becomes not just a study of obsession but of the essence of self-delusion and its importance in many people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 9, 2010
effectively delivers the clueless mentality of the empty headed sports fanatic to life,
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 31, 2009
There's always next season
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 28, 2009
The decision to look at sports fandom through the lens of addiction gives Big Fan its power, its believability, its pathos, and its humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 15, 2009
I didn't enjoy Big Fan, perhaps due to my lifelong total disinterest in sports but I can say that it is quite good and well-made, and Oswalt does a terrific job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
December 7, 2009
An odd mixture of "Marty" and "The Cabdriver", best when it focuses on the Marty side of the equation.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 4, 2009
Big Fan is wonderfully written, cliche-free and fully capable of surprising you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 4, 2009
Paul is a sad figure, but the edge is taken off this by his single-minded (some would say dim-witted) devotion to the Giants.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 29, 2009
First-time director Siegel shows promise. His script is solid, and although the last act feels somewhat awkward, the idea is clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 29, 2009
...the movie boasts a rough visual sensibility that's mirrored in both the performances and the meandering narrative...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 28, 2009
We're stuck on the ledge, waiting to see if Paul will jump. Painful, but good.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
November 22, 2009
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.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 13, 2009
What makes Paul fascinating isn't how pathetic he is. It's how dignified he thinks he is, and how that knit blue cap with "NY" on the front gives his life meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 23, 2009
Screenwriter Siegel, directing his first film, lavishes as much attention on forty-year-old virgin Paul as he did on "Randy the Ram" in The Wrestler.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
It's a classic situation, transplanted to a small, petty arena. When I think of this movie, I think of Oswalt, how his anguish feels real (whether we understand it or not) and how his face unaccountably becomes an offbeat locus of dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 18, 2009
...Siegel seems more interested in exhibiting Paul as a not-so-rare species of delusional male thwartedness than granting him an interior life, but it's still a powerful and interesting bit of sociology.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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