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The Big Lebowski Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 12, 2015
[The Coens] rummaged through political and personal history for the underpinnings of this Los Angeles caper, from 1998, sending up, with rueful astonishment, the American way of war.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 4, 2013
On one hand, it has many layers, but on the other hand, it's just about a dude who wants his rug back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 10, 2013
A very funny and twisted comedy...
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 4, 2012
Enormously entertaining!
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
One of the funniest, coolest, most absurd cult films ever made, and one of the best from the dynamic duo - Joel and Ethan Coen.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 31, 2011
It's essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 22, 2011
It's the whole proud, embarrassing sociopolitical, cultural heap of American history-and the American Century in particular-in two fleet, funny hours. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
August 21, 2011
The Coens concoct an absurdist Chandler-esque mystery, drop in a couple hilarious dream fantasies, and even bring in a drawling Sam Elliot to narrate this tall tale like a western myth.
Cole Smithey
July 23, 2011
[VIDEO] You'd never guess that the movie is loosely based on Raymond Chandler's detective novel "The Big Sleep."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
I'm not a fan of the Coen Brothers, but this is an entertaining enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
A wild ride for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
To what do we owe the pleasure of the Coen Brothers' new joie de vivre and love for their fellow man?

May 6, 2008
Stylish and wickedly funny black comedy illuminated by a great performance from Jeff Bridges, and loaded with all the Coen brothers' trademark wit and flair.
Beth Accomando
November 17, 2007
As with Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski gives us a protagonist whose dopey innocence seems to be his only protection from the real world.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Bridges does more with his deflated body language than many comedians can manage by chewing the furniture.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 11, 2007
If nothing else, the Dude speaks for me when appraises the music of the Eagles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The result is a lot of laughs and a feeling of awe toward the craftsmanship involved. I doubt that there'll be anything else like it the rest of this year.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Far from being shallow pastiche, it's actually about something: what it means to be a man, to be a friend, and to be a 'hero' for a particular time and place.
Emanuel Levy
April 13, 2006
This deliberately messay comedy stars Jeff Bridges as a slack-brained pothead, but the funniest turn is given by John Turturro as a gay Latino bowler who urges his ball with sexy thrusts of his pelvis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chuck O'Leary
February 20, 2006
It's pretty much impossible not to love The Dude.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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