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The Big Lebowski Reviews

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.
November 7, 2007
Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
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.
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.
April 25, 2003
A typical Coen brothers film is like no film you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
It's weirdly engaging, like its hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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-