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Step Brothers Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 24, 2008
It's hard to find their repetitive antics amusing when they continually destroy the lives of the well-meaning parents who coddle them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2008
If you put the collected works of Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow in a pot, boiled off the excess and let the remainder cool, you'd have something very much like Step Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 25, 2008
... a flat, desultory piece that relies too much on the presumed comic chemistry between its co-stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 24, 2008
When did comedies get so mean? Step Brothers has a premise that might have produced a good time at the movies, but when I left, I felt a little unclean.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 24, 2008
Few films are worse to sit through than comedies that don't work. Step Brothers is one of those.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 25, 2008
The unraveling isn't as smartly written as the setup. And because the characters beyond the parents and boys aren't as finely tuned, the film starts to lag.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
July 26, 2008
Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay founded the acclaimed "Funny or Die" website. On this movie, I vote "die."
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2008
There's a good subject for satire here, the extended adolescence of American kids. But satire presupposes maturity, or at least some perspective.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Rocchi
Cinematical
July 24, 2008
Early in Step Brothers, Dr. Doback tells his son "Dale, I think that it's time we both made a few changes. " Would that screenwriters Adam McKay and Will Ferrell had taken that advice to heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Foul-mouthed Ferrell comedy isn't very funny. No kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2008
Some are touting this as the grown-up version of Superbad. Wrong. That earlier film was excellent. "Super bad," as applied to Step Brothers, is a super understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/10
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 13, 2008
Another standard comedy where you can get exactly what you have seen before. I was hoping for more this time and sad to say I was disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 25, 2008
Exhausted is how many audiences members will feel after squirming through such a repetitive, one-joke comedy.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 25, 2008
Playing like an overlong DVD version of one of his earlier, funnier, PG-13 films, Step Brothers finds Will Ferrell diving into raunchier, coarser terrain.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2008
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.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
September 19, 2008
Despite valiant efforts from a seasoned cast, it fails to deliver the expected laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 26, 2008
With exhibitionist Will Ferrell finding another excuse to expose himself in a movie, he's leaving himself in danger of going down in cinematic history as the man who nude too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
You do get to see Ferrell's ball sack, which might be a draw for some, but otherwise it's a mess. Ferrell and Reilly bicker and it should be better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 15, 2008
Painful to watch, this Will Ferrell vehicle is crude, infantile and unfunny as it hovers around its one-tone premise in which two grown men behave like kids %u2013 and vile ones at that
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