83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
I do wish the movie's ending weren't so squishy. It's been changed from the finale that Sundance audiences saw earlier this year and now reeks of focus-group testing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Easily could have been mildly funny and phony but instead is really funny and true to life.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While this hugely likable cast is, indeed, hugely likable, no one's sweating things at all. The comedy's relaxed, moony rhythms imbue it with a certain charm, but can result in a certain stop-and-start awkwardness, too.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Watching Rudd bring dimension to what could have been a clownish caricature is the best reason to see this good-natured family comedy.
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70

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The rhythms are gentle, the smiles plentiful, the chuckles frequent, with the overall effect about as pleasantly innocuous as the film's hero.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Goofily funny, and silly, and in many ways follows the currents of contemporary comedy into the gulf stream of inanity. And yet Ned turns out to be a strangely moving figure, a comic foil worthy of affection, perhaps even respect.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Our Idiot Brother comes off as a blueprint for a smart script no one really made. Now that's what I call dumb.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Shambles along with all the purposefulness of its title character, a kind of near-beer Lebowski who's neither reckless enough to cheer for nor misguided enough to disdain.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's all emotionally counterfeit, and that bogusness infects the comedy.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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