The Big Lebowski Reviews

March 6, 2020
For those of you who forgot how good Bridges was in The Fisher King, here is a reminder. As the gung-ho Nam veteran, Goodman's tenacious, tightly coiled demeanor is smartly explosive and very funny.
September 20, 2018
One of a kind.
April 2, 2018
I'll just say this: The Big Lebowksi is an excellent movie - and damn funny.
January 9, 2018
The Big Lebowski is a noir send-up, so call it L.A. Inconsequential.
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.
Top Critic
April 17, 2001
It's the wealth of great characters and their insane dialogue that make this a memorable film.
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.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is.
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
It's weirdly engaging, like its hero.
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.