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Big Fan Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
October 2, 2009
Though the movie isn't much to look at, he gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt.
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
September 25, 2009
In his first starring role, Oswalt, a stand-up comedian whose trademark persona is part comic-book geek and part frat-house hedonist, inhabits a character who is both painfully familiar and poignantly alone.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2009
A bleakly funny character study of a very particular species of urban fauna -- the sports radio call-in fanatic -- Big Fan is compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 11, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 10, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2009
It's a modest, drab little drama about a psychologically unstable guy living in a sad little corner of America.
September 8, 2009
[Oswalt] is doing work here he has never done on screen.
September 3, 2009
Big Fan isn't a touchdown, but its patient torture reminded me of the rest of the world's football: tense stretches of nothing with enough killer moments to cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2009
Robert Siegel, the writer-director of Big Fan, was also the writer of The Wrestler, last year's most overrated movie. In some ways, I like this one more, but it's yet another grunge fest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 2, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 28, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 28, 2009
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.
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
August 27, 2009
Big Fan is a spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2009
The movie concludes with a series of tense, unpredictable scenes. Isn't that why we love sports so much, because we never know what will happen?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 26, 2009
Robert Siegel makes a potent directing debut with a scrappy movie that refuses to sentimentalize or ridicule its besieged hero worshipper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2009
Mr. Siegel nails so many quirky details, and finds humor in the smallest of moments, that Big Fan is surprisingly poignant, too.
August 25, 2009
Dark and engrossing look at a sports fanatic.
August 25, 2009
Audiences are invited to congratulate themselves for not reviling Paul, as long as they keep him at arm's length.
January 23, 2009
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.