• R, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Robert D. Siegel
  • In Theaters:    Aug 28, 2009 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 12, 2010
  • First Independant Pictures

Big Fan Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013

Siegel's too busy making Paul the most pathetic person on earth to figure out what makes him tick, and he pauses from humiliating Paul only to portray Staten Island as some sort of cartoonish wasteland.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
September 11, 2009

Though there are moments of comedy, Paul's abrasiveness makes it too hard to give oneself over to the humor and accept it on its own terms.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 30, 2009

Suffers from a lazy, bland screenplay deficient in sharpness, insight and imagination which can't be saved by Patton Oswalt's oddly engaging performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Stephen Silver
The Trend
September 7, 2009

I could imagine a very good movie being made about rabid, angry football fans in New York and Philadelphia... but Big Fan just plain doesn't work, mostly because it doesn't understand the world it inhabits.

| Original Score: 1/5
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
August 28, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
Top Critic
September 8, 2009

It's a modest, drab little drama about a psychologically unstable guy living in a sad little corner of America.

Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 25, 2009

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

Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
August 28, 2009

Oswalt effectively demonstrates that he's ready for more than just funny stuff, but it'll take a less one-note movie to really let him show something.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

The film itself ends pretty well, but only after a run-of-the-mill start that gets cheap laughs out of funny clothes and stupid people from Staten Island.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
August 27, 2009

When Big Fan flies too far afield, it loses fans along the way.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 25, 2009

Big Fan, however, sticks to its guns and gives in to none of the sappiness or redemptive qualities of The Wrestler.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

National Post
August 28, 2009

| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 1, 2009

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?

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
August 28, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
Top Critic
September 8, 2009

[Oswalt] is doing work here he has never done on screen.

Larry Carroll
MTV
August 3, 2009

Siegel's shots are dirty, his dialogue sharp, and his knack for avoiding cliches is rare; Oswalt's performance is a selfless, measured descent into madness that deserves some sort of award

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.

Jordan Hoffman
UGO
August 25, 2009

It is a fabulous "What If?" and Siegel's screenplay squeezes drama out of every possible story permutation.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Whitney Borup
Film Threat
August 25, 2009

Patton Oswalt is sympathetic (at times heart breaking) and makes the film completely worth watching.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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