Our Idiot Brother Reviews

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September 3, 2011
Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note clich.
August 26, 2011
Strange, then, how Our Idiot Brother wastes its lone asset -- there's not enough idiot, and far too many boring savants.
August 26, 2011
It's rare that summer ends on as sweet a note as Our Idiot Brother.
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.
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.
August 26, 2011
Dude, where's the movie?
August 26, 2011
The film goes far on its good nature, though it is never more than gently funny.
August 26, 2011
A film that offers dumb fun, but in reality may be crazy like a fox.
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.
August 26, 2011
Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
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.
August 25, 2011
Ned turns out to be a strangely moving figure, a comic foil worthy of affection, perhaps even respect.
August 25, 2011
The laughs are consistent and occasionally outlandish, but more often, they arise out of recognizable family situations.
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.
August 25, 2011
Easily could have been mildly funny and phony but instead is really funny and true to life.
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.
August 25, 2011
Our Idiot Brother comes off as a blueprint for a smart script no one really made.
August 25, 2011
The comedy isn't always as crisp as it should be, but Peretz has the perfect partner in crime in Rudd.
Top Critic
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.
August 25, 2011
Peretz has figured out how to make a happy commercial contraption with eccentric flavoring.
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