Big Fan Synopsis
A football fan's (Patton Oswalt) meeting with his idol takes an unexpected turn.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is an unblinking look at the hidden (or perhaps not so hidden) pathology of American sports mania.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Near the two-minute warning, Big Fan becomes chillingly unpredictable.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A bleakly funny character study of a very particular species of urban fauna - the sports radio call-in fanatic - Big Fan’ is compulsively...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the more thought-provoking sports movies I've seen.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Comedian Patton Oswalt triumphantly nails every comic and dramatic nuance as Paul Aufiero, a New York Giants obsessive who has long ago...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Sad, funny and painfully honest.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Superb Noo Yawk attitude, dialogue and performances (including one from the essential Kevin Corrigan, now well into his second decade of...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Siegel, in his debut as director, shot the low-budget Big Fan on a digital camera and achieves an appropriately grimy, gritty look. He has...
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The Hollywood Reporter

It's an unsettling, "Taxi Driver"-like character study that shows the underside to hero worship and the primal world of professional...
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New York Daily News

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

Patton Oswalt can do no wrong. He's the only living stand up comedian, other than Louis CK, worth paying attention to. All the others (Hicks, Pryor, Kinison, Hedberg, Carlin, etc) are dead. So to...

Five Word Review

By rkuebler
good but a little dark...

Five Word Review

By Rastifryeye
Heavy drama about pathetic loser...

The King of Buffalo

By spamtrap
"Big Fan" is a fairly good comic drama by itself... but it reminds me too much of other films for me to be impressed with it. It's pretty much a combination of "King of Comedy" and "Buffalo 66" with a...

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Rated R | For language and some sexuality