The Fan

Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    The Fan isn't a strikeout, but it doesn't exactly knock the cover off the ball, either. It's more like a soft pop fly, taking its time before settling very predictably into a waiting fielder's glove. [16 Aug 1996, p.D3]
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    50
    Something about baseball seems to bring out the silly side in moviemakers -- even in a movie like The Fan, which starts out well-crafted and deadly serious and seems to have good enough actors and a savvy enough director to stay that way. But halfway through this thriller things go haywire. [16 Aug 1996, p.D]
  3. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    42
    Good performances are mostly wasted. Phoef Sutton's adaptation of the Abrahams' novel is poor, it works to an absurdly unlikely and dramatically dishonest must-hit-a-home-run conclusion, and - though it tries here and there - it has absolutely nothing new to say on the subject of fan obsession. [16 Aug 1996. p.30]
  4. 40
    Hollow, predictable, and too glitzy for its own good, The Fan never even makes it to first base.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Salisbury
    40
    The rapid-fire editing and glossy photography can't disguise The Fan's hollowness or De Niro's phoned in performance. A disappointment.
User Score
1.1

Overwhelming dislike- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 24, 2015
    0
    Anyone who has seen a Snipes or Deniro movie expects skilled acting, a plethora of action and a clever plot.
    The Fan has none of these
    Anyone who has seen a Snipes or Deniro movie expects skilled acting, a plethora of action and a clever plot.
    The Fan has none of these requirements and the movie for some reason was released. I expected a clever, involving movie from the collaboration of these two actors, alas the movie hasn't an iota of enjoyment.
    The Fan is a thriller that pretends to expose the nature of celebrity stalkers. Both of these actors were miscast in the movie. The movie is overly disturbing and utterly pointless without a logical message for viewers.
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  2. Jul 8, 2011
    6
    This isn't a great movie by any stretch but it kept me interested and the story was well paced. Also you get another very solid performanceThis isn't a great movie by any stretch but it kept me interested and the story was well paced. Also you get another very solid performance from Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes does a solid job. The movie also gives a cool perspective on how some fans take things far to serious and the stress players feel under the bright spotlight of professional sports. Overall not a must see but not a bad watch if you catch it on TV. Full Review »