The Big Lebowski
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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 of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A typical Coen brothers film is like no film you've ever seen."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"On one hand, it has many layers, but on the other hand, it's just about a dude who wants his rug back."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...yet another in a long line of promising yet disappointing comedies from Joel and Ethan Coen..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's the whole proud, embarrassing sociopolitical, cultural heap of American history-and the American Century in particular-in two fleet, funny hours. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A very funny and twisted comedy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"One of the funniest, coolest, most absurd cult films ever made, and one of the best from the dynamic duo - Joel and Ethan Coen."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The Coens concoct an absurdist Chandler-esque mystery, drop in a couple hilarious dream fantasies, and even bring in a drawling Sam Elliot to narrate this tall tale like a western myth."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Enormously entertaining!"
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's essential."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"[VIDEO] You'd never guess that the movie is loosely based on Raymond Chandler's detective novel "The Big Sleep.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
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