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  • Summary: A scattered farce about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. It's paved with delightfully irregular and unanticipated bits of business that stimulate the viewer to stay fully alert, while renewing our faith in the sheer joy of watching movies.
  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. The Big Lebowski is packed with show-offy filmmaking and as a result is pretty entertaining.
  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
    30
    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: 90 out of 102
  2. Negative: 6 out of 102
  1. Jul 22, 2013
    10
    I had high hopes when I rented this movie. As you can tell from my score, I was not disappointed. I love this film, it's funny, it makes youI had high hopes when I rented this movie. As you can tell from my score, I was not disappointed. I love this film, it's funny, it makes you feel good, and it's just overall a good movie.
    John Goodman and Jeff Bridges deliver outstanding performances in one of the best movies of all time.
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  2. DaveM.
    Jun 20, 2008
    10
    The Big Lebowski isn't just a movie, it's a way of life.
  3. thomasm.
    Nov 8, 2005
    10
    Its the best fricken movie!!!!!!!
  4. MatthewB
    May 14, 2009
    10
    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
    10
    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 ****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. Sep 5, 2012
    8
    Classic, void all the special effects and digitiazation these days. Although "the dude" is the center of the movie Buchemi and Goodman carryClassic, void all the special effects and digitiazation these days. Although "the dude" is the center of the movie Buchemi and Goodman carry the flick. Like a good carpet, they tie the movie together. Expand
  7. Jan 17, 2013
    0
    The Big lebowski is absolutely horrible. I have never seen a movie with such language. Language isn;t a problem unless every word been spokenThe 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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