Big Fan
Big Fan (2009)

Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He lives at home with his mother, spending his off hours calling in to local sports-radio… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

First-time director Siegel shows promise. His script is solid, and although the last act feels somewhat awkward, the idea is clever.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Though the movie isn't much to look at, he gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt.

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Will Leitch

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.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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?

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Despite the rough-around-the-edges direction, this was a compelling character study, anchored by an astonishing performance by Patton Oswalt.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Astute at observing the behaviors and mindset of the fan who sees no distinction between himself and the team.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Big Fan is a humorous look at the lonely life of a fanatic sports fan, and first-time director Siegel manages what seemed to be almost impossible: to make a… More
Melvin White
Paul Aufiero: He was rusty. Upon a second viewing of Big Fan, I liked it a lot more than I remember. I believe a lot of the negative ratings come from people… More
Lucas Martins
Robert D. Siegel, bring a criative screenplay that show to the audience the empty and lonely life of Paul Aufiero, Patton Oswalt in a very good acting, a sport… More
Devon Bott
NFL fans can be pretty rabid at times, but there exists a special breed of sports fan, one whose whole life is consumed by the game, that goes beyond rabid.… More
Josh Morris
Big Fan is a minor, dark indie masterpiece, full of honesty, drama, pathos and painful humor. Writer/director Robert Seigel shows immense talent as an observer… More
Chris Weber
Writen and directed by Robert D. Siegel (who wrote The Wrestler), Big Fan is a dark dramedy (emphasis on drama) about the nature of being a fan of something,… More