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The Big Lebowski Reviews

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Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
When you're having a down day, pop in THE BIG LEBOWSKI for a little pick-me-up, and always remember: The Dude Abides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
This broad farce about mistaken identities would have worked much better if the filmmakers hadn't mistaken their own.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online
January 7, 2003
Nimble, crackerjack entertainment with the crazed, anything-goes humor and the visual splendor we have come to expect in the best of the Coen Brothers' offerings.
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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Loopy, unfathomable, profane and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Definitively the coolest comedy in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O 'Dude' Ú um personagem absolutamente fascinante.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
One of the best comedies of the nineties, and the best film thus far from the Coen Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
By taking it easy, the Dude abides and becomes a spiritual teacher of crazy wisdom.
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
September 2, 2001
I'd probably hate all of this stuff if I didn't think the movie was so damn hilarious.
April 17, 2001
It's the wealth of great characters and their insane dialogue that make this a memorable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Like a good Caucasian, Joel and Ethan Coen's L.A.-based crime-caper-comedy is an acquired taste, but potentially addictive once you take to its perfectly offbeat blend of seemingly disparate elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
There is no satisfactory beginning, middle or end to it, but it does have its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's weirdly engaging, like its hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Not that The Big Lebowski is without its charms, but, like its central character, it is occasionally aimless and incoherent.
Read More | Original Score: 77/100
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
In a perfect world all movies would be made by the Coen brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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