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  • Summary: A scattered farce about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. It put a smile on my face that never left for 117 minutes.
  2. With their inspired, absurdist taste for weird, peculiar Americana-but a sort of neo-Americana that is entirely invented-the Coens have defined and mastered their own bizarre subgenre.
  3. Watching it amble along is enough of a treat, since the Coens populate this story with oddballs and bowling balls of such comic variety.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Spiked with wonderfully funny sequences and some brilliantly original notions, The Big Lebowski, a pseudo-mystery thriller with a keen eye and ear for societal mores and modern figures of speech, nonetheless adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
  5. Nearly everything in The Big Lebowski is a put-on, but all that leaves you with is the Coens' bizarrely over-deliberate, almost Teutonic form of rib nudging.
  6. This film feels completely haphazard, thrown together without much concern for organizing intelligence.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    If it's all supposed to be in fun, why does it feel so much like an insult?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 100
  2. Negative: 5 out of 100
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    There is simply no amount of words that can contain The Big Lebowski. Every little detail is thought out and executed with a master's touch by the Coen brothers. The one thing I will mention is that I felt so bad for Donny (Steve Buscemi), who was constantly being tormented by John Goodman, but it added an extra little treat to the film that the Dude never directly talked to him throughout the 117 minute run time. Expand
  2. DaveM.
    Jun 20, 2008
    The Big Lebowski isn't just a movie, it's a way of life.
  3. JerryX.
    Nov 28, 2005
    An ingenious parody of Chandler-esque P.I. thrillers, and one of the most important comedies of the twentieth century.
  4. MatthewB
    May 14, 2009
    This is as close to a masterpiece as a movie about an unemployed bowler embroiled in a kidnapping scam can be.
  5. Mar 8, 2012
    The greatest creation ever handed down to mankind from God above, and I thank him. And don't mess with that, because after all, you don't **** with the Jesus. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Big Lebowski is a cult classic that can be watched over and over. It might seem a bit stupid at first, but as it progresses, it becomes a funny and surprisingly good movie about Jeff Lebowski, or The Dude, and his attempt to get his rug back that turns into an awesome movie throughout. And Steve Buscemi dies in it. What more could you want? Expand
  7. Jan 17, 2013
    The Big lebowski is absolutely horrible. I have never seen a movie with such language. Language isn;t a problem unless every word been spoken is the F word. Never want to see it again. Expand

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