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Our Idiot Brother Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Makes you want to go home and turn on your television.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This inane comedy lives down to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
August 25, 2011
The comedic targets, such as ultracompetitive elementary schools and terrible stand-up comics, are overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 4, 2011
It has its moments but, for the most part, I found it to be flat and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
August 25, 2011
The actors have a lot of fun creating their characters but there is not one believable relationship between any of them, except Ned's with the hippie who replaced him.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
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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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.
Katey Rich
August 25, 2011
It's a shame to see Rudd given a role that lets him hit it out of the park in a movie that never comes close to matching him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 12, 2011
A pleasant-enough trifle that ensnares itself in the uneasy middle ground between indie drama and dumb-guy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Galvin
November 3, 2011
Lugubrious, bumbling and sit-com predictable, Our Idiot Brother has a couple of good ideas, no style, an episodic structure and some charming incidental pleasures, not the least of which are the performances, which are good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 26, 2011
Wastes a cast of very talented comedic performers by giving them just about nothing funny to do, and sticking them in a plot in which every character is a moron, a moral monster or both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 26, 2011
Promising but lifeless.
Cole Smithey
August 31, 2011
Paul Rudd's hippie character Ned could shame Willie Nelson fans into disowning their musical hero.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 22, 2011
There's a gap of logic and emotion that's hard to overcome.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Kohn
August 24, 2011
The name and the premise of "Our Idiot Brother" would work better for a sitcom, or maybe several of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 28, 2011
A genial sitcom-lite comedy that stumbles when it tries to make the clueless idiot brother into a wise man bringing life lessons and salvation to a dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 13, 2011
The sometimes mediocre and rote script never falls too far in quality because of the charm of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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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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