...an unblinking look at the hidden (or perhaps not so hidden) pathology of American sports mania...
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...clearly a movie of ambition, and not just a melancholy comedy about a football-loving schmuck who gets his ass kicked by everyone he loves.
—Noel Murray Onion AV Club
...one of the more thought-provoking sports movies I've seen...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...a small, dark, uncuddly thing, but sports fans will get it.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
...a scrappy movie that refuses to sentimentalize or ridicule its besieged hero worshipper.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...a grunge fest.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
Big Fan could've been a somber, voyeuristic peek inside Paul's life and a witty look at American obsessions, perhaps similar in story structure to The Wrestler. But Siegel (former editor of The Onion) opts for a bit more traditional approach, even within the film's weird little world -- one that falls apart dreadfully in the film's final act.
—Norm Schrager filmcritic.com
...often feels stock...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
Remember The Fan, with crazy Robert De Niro stalking baseball player Wesley Snipes? You know how most insane sports superfans don't look so much like De Niro, but more like Patton Oswalt? So does this movie.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!