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‘Our Idiot Brother’: Paul Rudd charms the critics

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert also has kind words for the star: "This movie wouldn't work without Paul Rudd." He also writes: "I've seen Paul Rudd in a lot of movies, but have never realized he could be as lovable as Amy Adams or Mary Steenburgen." A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls the film thin, and his appraisal of Rudd's character, Ned, is a bit equivocal, saying that "if he were played by anyone other than Paul Rudd, he would be utterly unbearable." But Scott does declare the script witty and the cast charming, especially Rashida Jones: "Ms. Jones, given less to work with, does more than most of her counterparts, and when Cindy is around, you might wish that the projectionist would change the reels and show a movie about her instead of all these other tiresome folks." Dana Stevens at Slate finds the film's languid nature refreshing, writing, "I can't quite account for why the whole of 'Our Idiot Brother' seemed to me greater than the sum of its admittedly modest parts. Maybe it's just nice to see a comedy that's about something other than 'Will these guys get laid?' or 'Which one will she marry?' " But not everyone deems the film likable, if light: Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe thinks it cynical. Of the Peretz siblings and Schisgall, Morris writes, "You can feel them all straining for a hit so desperately and with such condescension that they've lost any sense of what their movie is about, who this family is, how its members relate to each other. All they want is your Facebook 'like.' " If "likes" are indeed what the filmmakers are after, they may get their share, courtesy of Paul Rudd. RELATED: Photos: 'Our Idiot Brother' premiere Jesse Peretz nervously awaits 'Our Idiot Brother' premiere Late night: Paul Rudd on 'Conan' –Oliver Gettell Photo: Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks star in "Our Idiot Brother." Credit: Nicole Rivelli/The Weinstein Co.,0,6830969.photogallery

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