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A parking garage attendant and lifelong New York Giants fan finds his life spinning out of control following an altercation with his favorite football player in this darkly comic drama starring Patton Oswalt. For 35-year-old Staten Island native Paul Aufiero (Oswalt), sports are a religion. Paul still lives with his mother, he's the self-proclaimed "world's biggest New York Giants fan," and he spends most of his spare time calling in to the local sports radio station 760 "The Zone," where he can frequently be heard bickering with his contentious on-air nemesis… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First-time director Siegel shows promise. His script is solid, and although the last act feels somewhat awkward, the idea is clever."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Though the movie isn't much to look at, he gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Unlovable loser chooses the "low" road"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"There's always next season"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite the rough-around-the-edges direction, this was a compelling character study, anchored by an astonishing performance by Patton Oswalt."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Paul may in many ways be the ultimate 'loser' but he feels like a 'winner', so this becomes not just a study of obsession but of the essence of self-delusion and its importance in many people's lives."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The decision to look at sports fandom through the lens of addiction gives Big Fan its power, its believability, its pathos, and its humor."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Astute at observing the behaviors and mindset of the fan who sees no distinction between himself and the team."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"effectively delivers the clueless mentality of the empty headed sports fanatic to life,"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"I didn't enjoy Big Fan, perhaps due to my lifelong total disinterest in sports but I can say that it is quite good and well-made, and Oswalt does a terrific job."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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