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The Big Lebowski Reviews

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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+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 18, 2005
It's the actors that make this film: without the perfect casting ... and without their perfect comic timing, it wouldn't work. But it does work, every minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Joel and Ethan Cohen are in the midst of just such a golden streak right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
October 27, 2005
After seeing and enjoying Lebowksi at least four times over the years, I can plainly see why the movie freaks have embraced this off-kilter comedy so enthusiastically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 5, 2005
In many ways, The Big Lebowski has surpassed Fargo as the Coens' high-water mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
The Big Lebowski may have a reputation for being the late night movie of choice for some burnouts, but it's much more than your average stoner film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jeff Bridges as The Dude is stroke of casting genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
February 26, 2005
No, it's no Fargo. It's the most flamboyant, erratic, spontaneous movie the Coens have ever made.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
... a loving study of Los Angeles loserdom.
Read More | Original Score: A
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
Like meeting the Three Stooges after they've blasted their brains with mind-altering drugs, time-traveled into the 1990s and landed in a vintage bowling alley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alex Ramirez
June 6, 2004
The Big Lebowski tiene el efecto deseado: creer en los personaje, aśn sin creer necesariamente en la historia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
An indulgent spoof, Big Lebowski isn't a straight gutter ball, but it's no strike, either.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 6, 2003
This is a terrific movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carlo Cavagna
August 11, 2003
The Coen Brothers try really hard to be outrageously funny, and they succeed more often than they fail.
| Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 31, 2003
Much of 'Lebowski' is amusing, some of it is downright hilarious and all of it is stylish, with plenty of the Coens' usual inventive shot composition and tricky camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The Coen Brothers throw this film into the gutter, never developing what could have been a Strictly Ballroom-like spoof of the bowling world.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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