The Big Lebowski - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Lebowski Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
November 7, 2007
Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
I wish the Coens the best, but they're going to have to do better than this. I know they can.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 20, 2012
...yet another in a long line of promising yet disappointing comedies from Joel and Ethan Coen...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
An indulgent spoof, Big Lebowski isn't a straight gutter ball, but it's no strike, either.
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
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
This movie seems to me almost a mishmash of the worst bits that were left out of previous Coen Brothers outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
This time, they have all the parts together, but someone forgot the glue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This uneven screwball comedy -- a disjointed and half-hearted attempt by the Coen brothers to return to the Raising Arizona style -- is bound to underwhelm even their most fervent admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Since The Big Lebowski doesn't have an idea in its head, it has to fill the empty space with 'witty' conceits
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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.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
There are bits of brilliance here as in all Coen Brothers movies. Just not enough of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 7, 2007
If it's all supposed to be in fun, why does it feel so much like an insult?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
... a loving study of Los Angeles loserdom.
| Original Score: A
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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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