“ At that time before the John Lennon and Rebecca Schaeffer stalking tragedies made the scenario all too real it was a good suspenseful read.
“ An Entertaining Mix of Sleaze and Class .
“ Everyone in it is first-rate in the acting department, and the overall story is both fun and fascinating.
“Solidly made tale of deadly obsession is a steady paced but ultimately intense thriller.
“ I think to see the actress Lauren Bacall in a sense playing herself as a well known actress in this 1981 thriller was exciting to watch.
“ The villain is presented as an emotionally-numbed narcissistic verbose bore.
“ Sounds exciting?
“ It's pretty ridiculous trash but enjoyable on some level.
“ His vengeance is a blood-thirsty one, but the script is too slow and talky for its own good, pretending to have psychological overtones when it really just wants to get the nasty business over with.
“ The worst aspect of the film is a dull James Garner as Bacall's ex; his character has no bearing on the plot, and no business being in this film.
“ This may sound harsh, but it contributes nothing to the viewer, will waste two hours of your time, and will leave you wondering why it was ever made based on its screenplay.
“As a special treat, there are several musical sequences, as Lauren is practicing to star in the most boringly-named musical ever ("Never Say Never").
“ This is a slow, distasteful film even if it weren't adapted.
“It would make a great suspenseful thriller since it has such a good plot.
“ Apart from that it was ho-hum of the finest.
“ When I first saw *The Fan* in 1981, I thought it was a stylish, gripping thriller.
“ This is just a typical slasher film (with a very good cast thrown in)posing as an adaption of Bob Randall's suspenseful novel.
“ Hollywood legends in their twilight-years are what lifts this rather sub-standard, but callous thriller out the ho-hum mould.
“ You'll notice how long and dull the stalkings are.
“ This dragged on inexplicably for all attempts at any solution to this crime .
“ The movie started out well as the movie explores the actions and the ideas of fandom and how intense it can be, as well as a middle-aged actress stuck in her own thoughts about divorce and middle-age.
“ Well, except for James Garner, who's as dull as can be.
“ At the same time, she often looks bored when her character should be upset.
“ The problem mainly lies in its attempts for suspense and drama building, as it's too predictable and dry to be exhaustively effective.
“ It's like a cliché 1980's New York dance studio with mirrors, bars and a boom box.
“ His gorgeous youthful face from THE FAN has now become a wonderful chiseled character face that is intriguing.
“) The film could hardly be described as "good", but it's still entertaining in a tacky, campy way and does include some unsettling moments.