Starting Friday, Louisville, Ky., will be host to the 14th annual Lebowski Fest, a super relaxed celebration of The Big Lebowski, the 1998 Coen Brothers classic.
The fest’s longevity is evidence that the movie inspires devotion both extreme and enduring. But, when it was first released, the reaction was somewhat more subdued.
TIME’s critic Richard Schickel found that while The Big Lebowski had its high points, it was far from the filmmakers’ best work:
Read the full review, here in the TIME Vault: A Bit Off Their Game
- Column: The Tyre Nichols Videos Demand Solemnity, Not Sensationalism
- For People With Disabilities, Losing Abortion Access Can Be a Matter of Life or Death
- Inside the Clandestine Efforts to Smuggle Starlink Internet Into Iran
- How to Help the Victims and Community After the Monterey Park Shooting
- The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2023 Oscar Nominations
- Talking Less Will Get You More
- Kamala Harris Subtly Emerges as Powerful White House Asset
- How Avatar: The Way of Water Became the 6th Movie in History to Make $2 Billion
- Is There Really No Safe Amount of Drinking?
- How Our Cells Strategize To Keep Us Alive