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451 Ratings

Big Fan

Directed by Robert D. Siegel
United States, 2009
Comedy, Drama, Crime


Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favourite player.

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Big Fan Directed by Robert D. Siegel

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2010 | Nominee: John Cassavetes Award

Gotham Awards

2009 | Winner: Breakthrough Director

2009 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

Big Fan’s pixilated Staten Island can’t hide behind artistry, because Siegel wants his audience to see the bare facts of his hero’s life. And nothing shows the immediacy of drab, ugly, artless environments like digital photography.
January 04, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Big Fan

    When I found out later that Patton Oswald knew nothing about sports, something clicked and I realized that there was something about his performance that I didn't like. I realize that it was after the fact. The stuff with the Mom was so over the top that it strained credulity. There's just something different about the way real sports fans talk.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Big Fan

    A mess that didn't know what it wanted to be, unable to decide between a King of Comedy ripoff or a Taxi Driver ripoff. The black comedy moments that managed to drip out (the 50 Cent cake) were funny but mostly I felt like I was in a room where two people were calling my name at the same time. And I wanted to slap them both...

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Big Fan

    An excellent and surprising performance from Patton Oswalt highlights this compelling character drama. An authentic and engrossing examination of a kind of mainstream fringe subculture, with strong authentic performances from the supporting cast. Maybe not quite what it could have been (the ending is a little weak), but a strong, well-made indie drama.

  • Valu2009's rating of the film Big Fan

    Paul Aufiero is another pathetic outsider, and Patton Oswalt is perfect for the role. Nice first movie from Robert D. Siegel, the man who wrote The Wrestler...he loves outcasts, that's for sure.

  • Bret Bynum's rating of the film Big Fan

    Patton Oswalt doesn't act enough. He really is one of the most underrated actors. This movie is like a nightmare for anyone who has ever had a hero. Imagine meeting that hero and finding out he/she isn't what you expected. It's soul crushing, like when we found out about Bill Cosby. Can you still admire them?Can you still admire their work? Will you ever be able to forgive, forget, and move on like it never happened?

  • Morten Halskov Jensen's rating of the film Big Fan

    Set mandag den 7. november. Rigtig god fortælling om John, der 36 år gammel stadig bor hjemme hos sin mor, og har arbejde som parkeringsvagt. Han eneste interesse er The Giants, og ringer ivrigt ind til sportsprogrammer og giver sin mening til kende. Til trods for at han får tæsk af sin favorit spiller, så er han en trofast G-mann-fan. Flot fortalt, sine steder intens, men desværre lidt vaklende i slutningen.

  • AKFilmFan's rating of the film Big Fan

    The sports-equivalent to Taxi Driver, this sad but sort-of funny black comedy takes a familiar setup & sends to it some pretty surprising & logical conclusions. Oswalt nails it in this interesting character study that doesn't quite work as much as it should have in the second act. It could've been funnier, but it's a solid film!

  • Christofer Pierson's rating of the film Big Fan

    I can't give this film a measly three stars. Maybe not a masterpiece, but It's not a middling film. This is a film about the meaning of life for a nobody from Staten Island. You rarely see ugliness and smallness depicted with such magnificent beauty. (Look at Marcia Jean Kurtz close-ups for example--almost like Vermeer paintings, so beautiful.)

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