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'Big Fan' Succeeds Because the Loser at its Center Isn't Ridiculed or Reformednew

Right now, Big Fan is easily one of the best, and most creative, films of the year. Its originality comes not from wild ideas or fantastic plot devices, but from exploring from the inside, and with sympathy, a form of life that has in the past only been subjected to ridicule and reform.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  10-15-2009  |  Reviews

'World's Greatest Dad' and 'Big Fan' Offer Winning Portraits of Losersnew

Robin Williams and Patton Oswalt engage with darkly comic portraits of quiet desperation.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  09-22-2009  |  Movies

Giants Diehard Learns About the Painful Side of Sports in 'Big Fan'new

In Big Fan, Robert Siegel takes another long, hard look at the painful side of sports, much as he did in his screenplay for The Wrestler, the movie that gave Mickey Rourke his career back. But Big Fan really isn't a sports film.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  09-16-2009  |  Reviews

'Big Fan' Piles Shame Upon Failure for Patton Oswalt's Football Lovernew

The director of Big Fan, Robert Siegel, is the screenwriter of last year's The Wrestler. I was not an admirer of that movie, but I'll concede that its patronizing melodrama was elevated by the grace notes of Mickey Rourke. Big Fan, however, is pure, concentrated condescension.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  09-09-2009  |  Reviews

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