The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski (1998)

The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
80%
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User Score
94%



Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.

Todd McCarthy
Variety

Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A typical Coen brothers film is like no film you've ever seen.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

On one hand, it has many layers, but on the other hand, it's just about a dude who wants his rug back.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very funny and twisted comedy...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Enormously entertaining!

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
The Dude abides. Not much else I can say but what a great movie this is. One of the all time great cult films.
paul sandberg
The Coen Bros. hot off their mega hit Fargo, created this off beat, yet off times brilliant piece where the actual storyline, while interesting enough on its… More
Thomas Johnston
It was not a waste of my time.... but so many LOVE this movie, but I barely liked it.
Samuel Riley
A truely clever and very funny movie. Featuring superb performances from Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. With plenty of one liners, they are… More
Edward Boxler
A cult phenomenon that seems to only get better with age, the Coen Brothers' absolutely hilarious comedy The Big Lebowski should keep winning fans over as… More
Eric Shankle
"The Big Lebowski" is hilarious. I'm not a diehard fan of the film (besides owning a couple of t-shirts) but I do understand why it's so… More

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