Our Idiot Brother is an enjoyable comedy thanks to its strong supporting cast and a terrific central performance from Paul Rudd.
| Original Score: 7/10
Rudd can play the innocent as well as the snarky cynic, and that serves him wonderfully here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
'Cute' is probably not the word one would expect to attach to a film with this title, but there is no more apropos term for its gentle comic charm.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Our Idiot Brother" goes down in a good way, with an infectious positivity.
| Original Score: B
A sweet and at times raunchy comedy, Our Idiot Brother features Paul Rudd at his likeable best in his portrayal of a liberal Jesus figure stuck in a rut.
| Original Score: 3/5
What I liked about the film is that there is a very good cast. I think all the women in the film are terrific actors.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Charming and at times very funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
While no one would hail Our Idiot Brother as the most accessible movie comedy of 2011, it is definitely the one most comfortable in its skin.
Surrounded by caricatures and a bit of schmaltz, this comedy is bolstered by a charismatic lead performance from Paul Rudd.
Light and funny, Our Idiot Brother is an easy watch thanks to well-shaped, realistic characters and an entertaining story with moral fibre.
There is nothing mean about the humour nor does it rely on creating embarrassment to elicit the uncomfortable laughs.
The film has a two-tone sensibility, mixing rumpus fun with attempts at meaningful observational drama, and it's a bit simplistic, but has enough entertainment value to pass muster. Just.
Our Idiot Brother is not a gross-out comedy. Rather, it's a sensitive, soulful movie more focused on moments of human fallibility than on farting.
The film never gives any sense of clarity regarding how its pieces fit together, leaving us to wonder who the true idiots are.
While the movie coulda/shoulda been longer than its scant 90 minutes, it's actually surprising just how much memorable material is packed into the piece.
Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note cliché.
The title sibling almost makes up for the shortcomings of the story, but Our Idiot Brother falls short of brilliant.
Somehow the script manages to eke out enough new jokes and sweet moments to help me hang in there with Ned, and Elizabeth Banks makes a deliciously despicable Miranda.
This has none of the hard edges of a movie like Little Miss Sunshine, but it does have a delightful quirkiness to it, with Rudd's performance holding it all together.
A rather conventional comedy, Our Idiot Brother ... [is] totally pleasant, warm, and occasionally very funny. Sometimes that's the kind of film we really need.