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The Big Lebowski Reviews

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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 7, 2007
Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
A typical Coen brothers film is like no film you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As tempting as it is to completely dismiss The Big Lebowski, it's hard to do because the Coens are able to create wickedly funny eccentrics and possess the ability to energize certain actors to inhabit them completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The Dude and Sobchak begin as caricatures too, but they're allowed to grow into something deeper, if only because the humanist economy of the Coens' surrealist vaudeville allows for a couple of human beings within the tapestry of freaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's weirdly engaging, like its hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There are more ideas here, more wacko side characters and plot curlicues than the film can support, and inevitably it deflates from having to shoulder so much.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A genial spoof about life on the unhinged margins of L.A. that's a lot more carefully constructed than it pretends to be.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
This plot need not be taken too seriously. Watching it amble along is enough of a treat, since the Coens populate this story with oddballs and bowling balls of such comic variety.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 1998
Nearly everything in The Big Lebowski is a put-on, and all that leaves you with is the Coens' bizarrely over-deliberate, almost Teutonic form of rib nudging.
Full Review | Original Score: B-