Our Idiot Brother


Our Idiot Brother

Critics Consensus

It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.



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Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned's family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn't such an idiot after all. -- (C) Weinstein

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  • Sep 09, 2013
    A movie that meant well but just couldn't execute. Rudd is likeable and very good as the naïve brother who sees the good in everyone but his sisters played by Banks, Deshanel and Mortimer are one dimensionally written and performed. The plot is sappy and too contrived and the direction and script are muddled. However, Rudd continues to amaze me with his depth as an actor. 09-09-2013
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2013
    The three sister characters are never really given their due, but Rudd's so loveable and perfect for this role that I didn't care that much.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Our Idiot Brother takes a while to get going and never quite achieves the comic potential of its capable stars, but its harmless charm (and Paul Rudd's charismatic performance) make it the perfect film to zone out to for ninety minutes and feel a little bit happier by the time the credits roll.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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