100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It put a smile on my face that never left for 117 minutes.
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80

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
Brilliantly scripted and full of a virtual Who's Who of familiar faces, The Big Lebowski is yet another golden hunk of totally unique celluloid from the versatile Brothers Cohen.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It's a pinball arcade of a flick -- the Coens invent a bunch of wonderfully flaky characters, stick them into a Plexiglas narrative, and let them bounce off each other.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Viewers with a taste for bizarre, even surreal, humor will have a ball.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Some may complain The Big Lebowski rushes in all directions and never ends up anywhere. That isn't the film's flaw, but its style.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a comic amusement park ride – a wildly uneven movie that offers tremendous pleasure for the moment, even if it doesn't stand up well to post-screening analysis and scrutiny.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

It is a visual tour de force, but as a whole the movie slowly deflates into a cross between "Arizona" and "The Hudsucker Proxy".
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Although some of its parts are brilliantly executed and played by a terrific cast, the result is scattered, overamplified and unsatisfying.
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30

TV Guide

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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69 out of 100
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