“Patton Oswalt is one of the most brilliant comedy minds of a generation. This book confirms it.”
– Ricky Gervais
"I loved this book. It feels like a great one sided conversation from your funniest friend. It made me feel less alone in the precious hours I read it. But now it's gone and I have nothing."
– Amy Schumer
“Silver Screen Fiend is both a love letter to artistic obsession and string of caution tape around it. Patton describes the ecstatic demands of the arts (in this case, Stand-up and Film) with insight, fond pity, and unfailing humor. This is a book for anyone who strives to be great, or is bored in an airport.”
– Joss Whedon
"Smart and pointed. [Oswalt] is a colorful writer."
"A funny and sentimental read.... deep, passionate, and personal."
– The Daily Beast
"Immediate and vital... [Silver Screen Fiend is] enough to make any reader seek out the many films that made him hibernate in the first place.
– A.V. Club
Oswalt's prose is sparkling.... A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt's homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt."
– USA Today
"Hilarious.... [Silver Screen Fiend] shows Oswalt's maturity as a writer and a thinker."
– Philadelphia Inquirer
"Oswalt is...a formidable storyteller....A love song to the silver screen."
– Paste Magazine
"Vivid and funny."
– Entertainment Weekly
"[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match....Oswalt's writing gives off the hallucinogenic shimmer of the true obsessive, packing all the sharpness and bite of his stand-up."
– New York Times
"Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliche-riddled independents,to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirringin the background like a projector."
– Boston Globe
"A must for fans of comedy and film."
Oswalt is a great conveyer of his real-life (and reel-life) experiences....great insider stuff."
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Entertaining and maniacally informative."
– Tampa Bay Times
"[An] astute, acerbic, and footnote-crazy chronicle of life as a "movie freak mole man." ... Oswalt is a true cinephiliac, equally appreciative of the artistry of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast and Doris Wishman's Bad Girls Go to Hell."
– Philadelphia Inquirer
"Anyone who loves movies...will be better for reading this enjoyable and funny memoir."
– Columbus Dispatch