A football fan (Patton Oswalt) meets his idol in a New York strip club, where his rabid devotion is put to the test and events take a suddenly violent turn.
" [Oswalt] is doing work here he has never done on screen. "
" A bleakly funny character study of a very particular species of urban fauna -- the sports radio call-in fanatic -- Big Fan is compulsively watchable. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Big Fan is a spasmodically funny and bleak film about the love that speaks its name. "
" First-time director Siegel shows promise. His script is solid, and although the last act feels somewhat awkward, the idea is clever. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Though the movie isn't much to look at, he gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It's a modest, drab little drama about a psychologically unstable guy living in a sad little corner of America. "
" The movie gets repetitive, and when it calls an audible and goes somewhere unexpected, it pulls back quickly. Too bad. "
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