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Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 99
  2. Negative: 9 out of 99

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  1. Sep 21, 2011
    Typical precious indie comedy, way too pleased with itself to make it worth watching. It's one of those films the critics love to love, but audiences don't really enjoy.
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    I'd like to blame the aimlessness of this flick on the script but honestly there was plenty of acting that could have been done to save the movie..and it just wasn't. The interesting cast including Steve Coogan, Zoe Deshanel, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones and Elizabeth Banks turn in uneven performances. Banks and Jones deliver when they are allowed on screen but they aren't allowed to gel with other characters. Meanwhile Rudd--who is funny and charming in the flick--delivers a cartoonish performance that throws off the balance of the rest of the cast. Steve Coogan, a fave of mine, is put to poor use as a dour, cheating husband. And Zoe Deshanel, who is given an extremely compelling character still thinks that opening her eyes wider is acting. She mumbles her way through the piece. This performance is even worse than the one she delivered in all-time-terrible flick The Happening. *Cringe* How does she still get work? The director needed to decide here between cute and real and the decision was never made. It is a trend in indie comedies that needs to die quickly. See--Cedar Rapids, Cyrus, Greenburg. All had a spark of something but could not pick a side. The funniest moment in the movie comes while the credits role. Take that for what you will. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2011
    Very average, middle of the road movie. I wasn't expecting much, and didn't receive much. Rudd's performance was admirable, but his sisters were weak...especially Elizabeth Banks. The screenplay needed plenty of work but never got it. It's a shame because Paul Rudd deserves better than to be stuck in a tiresome film that was billed as a laugh out loud comedy...hardly!
  4. Mar 24, 2012
    so much potential to be funny! But the movie misses its mark. Plays out more like a drama then a comedy.
    watch it, if there nothing else on! Dont expect big laughs or get drawning into the situation
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    This movie just promised a lot, and not even the wonderful cast could save it. The story was weak: Ned, the main character does not change, evolve or learn anything of value. Paul Rudd plays it cool but he is no Duderino. He is presented as this hipster messiah come to save us from our vain lives and teach us humility by doing... nothing. The sad truth is that hippies are as prompt to be shallow, egotistical liers as anyone else from this planet. Being lazy and aimless does not make you an honest, kind or caring person. The joke is lost because the film never manages to laugh at itself and is not nearly as illuminating as it pretends to be. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2014
    I agree 100% with Bobby G. It's the kind of film that critics may love but audiences will not enjoy. Our Idiot Brother is a dramedy that tries far too hard to be funny (when it's not) and the attempts at funniness ruins the serious drama aspect of the film as well. The acting is great and it has a star studded cast, It's the poorly done script that ruined it.

    It's the kind of film that
    is very tough to sit through let alone enjoy. I would not recommend it at all. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2012
    Our Idiot Brother has some minor funny moments but hey almost every film does. in a movie with some fine actors you would think it would be more interesting, sorry to say it didn't meet expectations.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 1, 2011
    Ultimately a shambling tale told with genial grace but little substance. It provides a pleasant buzz while it unfolds but vanishes quickly in a puff of smoke.
  2. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Aug 28, 2011
    The ensemble is unwieldy and the attendant yarn much too cluttered.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 26, 2011
    Watching Rudd bring dimension to what could have been a clownish caricature is the best reason to see this good-natured family comedy.