88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
There is too much funny here for a movie (even though it continues into the closing credits). Step Brothers should be a TV show.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While Ferrell and Reilly are great together, hatching harebrained schemes that have no basis in reality, part of the unexpected treat of Step Brothers is watching Jenkins and Steenburgen sink to such blithely immature levels of rude and crude comedy.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Step Brothers is a Judd Apatow production and it's the closest that the Apatow factory has come to spitting out a dumb-and-dumber high-concept comedy.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Starting at infantile and regressing hysterically from there, Step Brothers flies on the comic chemistry of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Take the kids at your peril. Mismarketing aside, Step Brothers is crudely funny, which means that sometimes it's crudely hilarious and more often it's just crude.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Essentially a throwaway film.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
America loves dysfunctional families, but haven't we seen enough middle-aged losers who haven't grown up?
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The only thing that can explain middle-aged men acting like 6-year-olds is mental retardation, and there's nothing funny about that. The idea of middle-aged actors playing adolescents isn't much funnier. Put it this way: Such an idea does not make for an inexhaustible source of comedy.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
So that's three snickers, not counting the Bush quote, 'cause including that one ain't fair, man.
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's a good subject for satire here, the extended adolescence of American kids. But satire presupposes maturity, or at least some perspective. The movie's calculation is that its subjects and audience share the same point of view. The results are truly ghastly.
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51 out of 100
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