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The Big Lebowski Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It put a smile on my face that never left for 117 minutes.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

A wild ride for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is inappropriate for kids. The Dude is subject to a lot of violence. One group threatens to cut off his penis, while another threatens him by shoving his face in the toilet. A Malibu police chief hits him with a coffee cup. A woman's toe gets cut off (though not on screen), Walter wields a gun more than once, and Walter, the Dude, and Donny get in a fight with a group of nihilists. Women are most often treated as objects and there's some frontal female nudity. The Dude drinks and smokes pot while driving, and while doing everything else. There's lots of profanity as well.

  • Families can talk about the Dude's lifestyle. Is that something you aspire to? How would you handle a situation of mistaken identity? Would you listen to your friends the way the Dude listens to Walter?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A story of extortion and embezzlement set to the soundtrack of porn and drugs

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Men threaten to cut off the Dude's penis; fighting between the Dude and some nihilists; a police chief throws a coffee cup at the Dude's head.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Some frontal nudity. The Dude and Maude have sex, but it's not graphic.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant cursing, especially the f--k and s--t.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: One grocery story is mentioned and pictured several times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The Dude drinks and smokes pot while driving, and is constantly making drinks or smoking pot at other times.