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Our Idiot Brother Reviews

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Alexis Loinaz
Chicago Tribune
September 3, 2011
Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2011
Strange, then, how Our Idiot Brother wastes its lone asset -- there's not enough idiot, and far too many boring savants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 26, 2011
It's rare that summer ends on as sweet a note as Our Idiot Brother.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2011
The cast members, beginning with Rudd, have an improvisatory ease, and the director, Jesse Peretz, working from a script by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, doesn't indulge in the sort of nail-on-the-head comedy that currently reigns.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 26, 2011
Even the usually likable Rudd can't do much with the enigmatic Ned, who often behaves exactly in the idiotic manner he's accused of.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2011
Dude, where's the movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 26, 2011
The film goes far on its good nature, though it is never more than gently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 26, 2011
A film that offers dumb fun, but in reality may be crazy like a fox.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 26, 2011
Rudd has created a genuinely engaging character in the Candide-like Ned, but "Our Idiot Brother" gives him very little garden to cultivate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 25, 2011
It's a warm, intelligent and highly contemporary comedy with just the right amount of edge, a terrific ensemble cast and a big, fuzzy golden retriever ready to knock you down and lick you like a giant lollipop.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2011
Ned turns out to be a strangely moving figure, a comic foil worthy of affection, perhaps even respect.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 25, 2011
The laughs are consistent and occasionally outlandish, but more often, they arise out of recognizable family situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 25, 2011
A thin, unconvincing movie made likable by the charm and skill of its cast and by a script peppered with wit and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 25, 2011
Easily could have been mildly funny and phony but instead is really funny and true to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 25, 2011
Welcome to the world of Ned, an eternally sunny realm where everyone is greeted as an old friend and everything will always work out fine, even when it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 25, 2011
Our Idiot Brother comes off as a blueprint for a smart script no one really made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2011
It's mediocre in a passive, energy-sapping way midway between humdrum and ho-hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
The comedy isn't always as crisp as it should be, but Peretz has the perfect partner in crime in Rudd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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August 25, 2011
The rhythms are gentle, the smiles plentiful, the chuckles frequent, with the overall effect about as pleasantly innocuous as the film's hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
Peretz has figured out how to make a happy commercial contraption with eccentric flavoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 25, 2011
The comedy's relaxed, moony rhythms imbue it with a certain charm, but can result in a certain stop-and-start awkwardness, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2011
Given the thinness of the script, I'm surprised so many name actors signed on.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 25, 2011
While the film does offer its share of zingy one-liners and entertaining character moments, the final result is a movie that can't decide if it wants to be snarkily sweet or mean and misanthropic.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 25, 2011
"Our Idiot Brother" pleasantly bounces along, never quite as funny as you'd like it to be, but almost as likable as Ned himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2011
The movie crafted around Ned is a bit of a shaggy-dog story, struggling with the climax and coda, but the company is so pleasant and the cast so endearing that other flaws are easy to forgive.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 25, 2011
I can't quite account for why the whole of Our Idiot Brother seemed to me greater than the sum of its admittedly modest parts. Maybe it's just nice to see a comedy that's about something other than "Will these guys get laid?" or "Which one will she marry?"
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2011
In a world of aggravating "Little Fockers"-level shrillness, or "Hangover"-style nastiness, "Our Idiot Brother" - small, but satisfying - is a pretty smart cookie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2011
Rudd is at his best, imbuing Ned with a deep humanity and a surprisingly persuasive edge. And as the sisters, Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer never hit a wrong note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 25, 2011
Paul Rudd's charm has seldom been taxed as relentlessly as in Our Idiot Brother, which might as well be called Paul Rudd Is Charming: The Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2011
It's refreshing, this late in the summer, to find a hot weather comedy that doesn't hate its characters and embed them in scatology and sexual impossibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 24, 2011
While too overtly modest to be a comedy game-changer, [it] is almost sufficiently feisty and entertaining to render the term 'a Sundance movie' something less than dread-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 24, 2011
Our Idiot Brother kept me laughing throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 24, 2011
Director Jesse Peretz commits the unpardonable sin of wasting the considerable comedic talent of Paul Rudd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2011
Far out. Right on. Peace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 24, 2011
The reason to watch "Our Idiot Brother" is to see Rudd, whose presence is always welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 24, 2011
A wannabe-feel-good comedy that turns out to be as cruel as its title.
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Una LaMarche
New York Observer
August 24, 2011
Our Idiot Brother may not be perfect, but, Crocs and all, Paul Rudd's performance is idiot-proof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
August 24, 2011
Instead of a Magic Negro à la The Help, these women get a Magic Moron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
The film gives permission for a genre already prone to solipsism to finally close in on itself entirely.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 22, 2011
There's a gap of logic and emotion that's hard to overcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
This movie really doesn't think much of its hero.