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Step Brothers (2008)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 100
Rotten: 81

Critics Consensus: The relentless immaturity of the humor is not a total handicap for this film, which features the consistently well-matched talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: The relentless immaturity of the humor is not a total handicap for this film, which features the consistently well-matched talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 361,947


Movie Info

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team with that film's director, Adam McKay, to tell the tale of two pampered best friends whose single parents fall in love and decide to marry. McKay and Ferrell share screenwriting credits, and Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller produce. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

R (for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam McKay , Will Ferrell
In Theaters:
Dec 2, 2008
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Step Brothers

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (81) | DVD (16)

On its own terms, Step Brothers is hilarious. But it's a shame that the filmmakers didn't have more faith in the audience. Why resort to gross-out tactics when your premise is strong enough to allow for a more sophisticated approach?

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Unremittingly juvenile and irredeemably funny.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Despite some obvious flaws, 'Step Brothers' remains a hugely enjoyable, well-constructed slice of lowbrow Saturday night entertainment, leaving Ferrell's position as the reigning king of US comedy secure for a while longer.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Don't watch it on an airplane, don't check it out on cable, don't walk past the bargain basement bin where it's been sold.

July 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Brideshead Revisited, it turns out, deserves a revisit.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's a good subject for satire here, the extended adolescence of American kids. But satire presupposes maturity, or at least some perspective.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Step Brothers is unashamedly dumb, unoriginal and downright offensively childish. But aren't these the very same reasons why people like these movies?

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

McKay and co. manage to pull off a strangely heart-warming finale.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Foul-mouthed Ferrell comedy isn't very funny. No kids.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

You know you're in trouble when the cleverest parts of your movie are the ironic T-shirts, worn unironically ... (but) a bonus is deserved by the person who dug up the Pablo Cruise shirt.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Step Brothers is a rowdy, rambunctious, fitful, against-the-wall comedy. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and director writer Adam McKay heave comedy, like spaghetti, against the wall. About half sticks; the other half makes a real mess.

Full Review… | February 1, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

... surpreendente que, em meio a tanta estupidez, o filme seja realmente engraçado e consiga criar dois personagens tão carismáticos, chegando a incluir, aqui e ali, momentos que, de uma forma sutil, se revelam tocantes.

January 31, 2009
Cinema em Cena

It's one joke, already predictable, and it gets old fast.

Full Review… | January 19, 2009
Window to the Movies

...flat-out entertaining...

Full Review… | December 21, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Only occasionally funny and about three times as long as the material justifies, it's boring and just a little bit embarrassing to sit through.

Full Review… | December 2, 2008
Apollo Guide

When Step Brothers is funny, it's hilarious. But when it isn't funny, the second hand of your watch sounds peculiarly loud.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

There is also a general sloppiness to the screenplay, which introduces elements that have no real pay-off.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Q Network Film Desk

No one can play a 40-year-old obliviously immature man-child like Will Ferrell.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Ferrell has the world's greatest job. Studios pay this guy enormous sums of money to stay in constant touch with his inner idiot, while mere mortals struggle day-in and day-out to keep our secret buffoon in check.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boston Herald

It's clear that much of what is on the screen is there because writers Ferrell and McKay found it funny, not because it serves the plot.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
The Australian

A sometimes amusing, occasionally hilarious summer laugh fest.

Full Review… | October 1, 2008

Like toothpaste from a tube, every last laugh is squeezed from this absurd premise, where both men pushing forty act like they're 14. Surprisingly, it's enough to make it work.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Thanks to their ability to convincingly portray adults who have never emotionally advanced beyond their pre-adolescent years, Ferrell and Reilly perfectly inhabit these obnoxious yet hilarious characters.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

Despite valiant efforts from a seasoned cast, it fails to deliver the expected laughs.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Step Brothers

After recently re-watching "Step Brothers," I have to admit, it has lost some it's charm that made it's dumber humour enjoyable the first time around. I loved this movie when it came out in theatres back in 2010, but quite honestly, it is just not one of those films that will have a lasting effect for years to come. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are a great pairing for brothers, and they play off each other very well, but by the end of the movie they actually began annoying me. For years I thought this movie was great, but it's jokes only hit half of the time and everyone seems to be over-acting. It is odd, because I definitely felt differently about this movie before. "Step Brothers" mixes clever humour with downright juvenile humour and sometimes it doesn't work. But the clever humour and all the improve is great, so I still was able to enjoy most of the movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

There isn't much to be appreciated in this film. It's pointless. It accomplishes nothing.


Step Brothers present a silly humor, but the talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with an interesting story, become a high point to McKay's movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Is this movie overrated? Hell yes. A lot of people I know call this one of the funniest movies of all time but I can easily name 10 funnier films than this, like Caddyshack, Dumb and Dumber or even Abduction. (Abduction wasn't suppose to be a comedy, but there were so many unintentionally funny parts in that movie.) The plot focuses on Will Ferrel and John C. Reily become step brothers after their parents get married and they have to adjust to eachother. As you can tell it's a very weak story. One thing I noticed right away was how often I wasn't laughing. There were parts where I simply chuckled, but Ferrell or Reily weren't even directly involved, it was just a few lines from the dad. There were also moments where I kept thinking to myself "How is this funny? Why would you put this in a script?" A full grown man gets insulted at the dinner table and makes a scrunched up face like he's going to cry and that's suppose to be funny? The idea of an adult acting like a child is overdone. That's the only thing Will Ferrell is good for anyway. Let's analyze:
Ricky Bobby: He acted like a spoiled teenage girl.
Elf: Acted like a child.
Anchorman: Acted like a schoolyard student trying to impress his cronies.
Face it, if there were no movies with an adult liking a child, Will Ferrell wouldn't have a career. I mean seriously, Will Ferrell? He's not funny, he's annoying. You want funny, go watch a video of Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Chris Farley, Jeff Dunham, 80's Adam Sandler or Taylor Lautner (I'm telling you, his acting is hilariously bad.) Ferrell doesn't even hold a candle to those guys. But if you really want to jump on the Step Brothers bandwagon, watch the film and be your own judge of the movie.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

Step Brothers Quotes

Dale Doback:
Dad, I'm doing this because I love you. Fuck you.
Dr. Robert Doback:
Anything else?
Dale Doback:
No, bon voyage! Have a great time!
– Submitted by Brendon D (9 months ago)
Dale Doback:
It was the Asbestos in the house, that's what did it!
– Submitted by Brendon D (9 months ago)
Dale Doback:
You and your mom are hillbillies. This is a house of learning doctors.
Brennan Huff:
You're not a doctor. You're a big fat curly-headed fuck.
– Submitted by Joe N (16 months ago)
Brennan Huff:
Hey Derek, Sprechen ze dick!!!
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)
Dale Doback:
I am warning you, if you touch my drums, I will stab you in the neck with a knife.
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)
Brennan Huff:
Hey Derek, you know what's good for shoulder pain?
Brennan Huff:
If you lick my butt-hole.
Dale Doback:
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)

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