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

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 81% 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.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

[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.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Hilarious, well-written, and well-performed by both Bridges and Goodman, The Big Lebowski blows other more recent slacker comedies out the water and proves that Bridges can do any role.

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Todd McCarthy

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

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

It's like, you know, pretty groovy, man.

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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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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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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.
Dan Schultz
A hilarious movie featuring Jeff Bridges in an iconic role as a lazy, unemployed stoner who gets himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. This movie has so… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The "Dude," another specimen in the Coen gallery of fascinating, eccentric characters, easily wins our sympathy thanks especially to Jeff Bridges, who… More
Thomas Johnston
It was not a waste of my time.... but so many LOVE this movie, but I barely liked it.
Eugene Bernabe
Visually tasteful and fluid chemistry and performances for a Coen Brothers' cult film. The Big Lebowski is a simple story that requires no over-analyzing… 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