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Bruce Almighty (2003)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 95

Carrey is hilarious in the slapstick scenes, but Bruce Almighty gets bogged down in treacle.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 20

Carrey is hilarious in the slapstick scenes, but Bruce Almighty gets bogged down in treacle.



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After a bad day at work, a man suddenly gets a new job -- as the world's new Heavenly Father -- in this comedy. Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a television reporter working in Buffalo, NY, who has been growing increasingly dissatisfied with his existence, and after an especially bad day, he flies into a rage and curses God for making his life miserable. To Bruce's great surprise, the Supreme Being Himself (Morgan Freeman) appears, and tries to convince Bruce of the enormity of his task. Bruce,

Nov 25, 2003


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There's remarkably little done with a premise snatched from high-concept heaven, adding yet another file to the growing cabinet of under-realized comedies.

July 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Director Shadyac and his three scriptwriters prove much more fallibly flawed than their omnipotent hero.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Carrey gets some of his biggest laughs in years by playing up the darker side of his character's small-mindedness.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Bruce takes over for the vacationing deity, but despite an initial surge of jolly, somewhat cruel chaos (as when he forces the new anchor to unreel paragraphs of gibberish on camera), things soon turn soggy.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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... on at least three or four occasions, Carrey made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes -- and that's a heck of a trick.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Happily deranged comedy has typical Carrey humor.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Ultimately, Bruce Almighty is an excuse for Jim Carrey to be crazy and zany. He puts on his comedy hat and has fun with the script. It's made for the Jim Carrey fan.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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For all its swings for the fences, the movie never rises above being lightly amusing.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

It fails to really use Carrey's comedic ability and it ultimately wastes the potential it reaps.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The inspiration flags after a while, but there are many hilarious moments, and the resolution (thanks to Jennifer Aniston as Carrey's put-upon girlfriend) is sweetly touching.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This is another of Jim Carrey's surefire vehicles that can be whittled down to a phrase: Jim Carrey is the Grinch; Jim Carrey is God.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

The premise sounds good, but this time around the result is forced and undercooked.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

If only the writers had thought to open up the concept beyond dog-on-toilet gags.

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Bruce Almighty is the kind of movie that Jim Carrey should stick to.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Up until the last act, Bruce is a decent, if not stellar Jim Carrey comedy.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Comment (1)
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[Aniston] contributes another professional outing in what's little more than a supporting role, indicating she's a serious actress and not just one of those jerks on Friends.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

It is laugh out loud funny and yet, heartfelt.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

The dearth of imagination is stupefying. Carrey is alternately embarrassing and terrifyingly detached, [and] Freeman has sold out.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Comments (4)
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Never before have I heard the F word used in a film about God, though I'm sure there were times in Passion of the Christ when Jesus was thinking it...

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source:

[Carrey's] latest is a comedy-thank heaven-that might even cause the guy upstairs to fall down laughing.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comment (1)

'You can see Carrey straining to reign in his more extreme comedic tendencies - and losing the battle.'

January 31, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Consistently amusing, despite being formulaic and occasionally sappy.

January 15, 2004
Radio Free Entertainment

Freeman is one of the delights of the film, as an avuncular Deity with a sense of humor.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Bruce Almighty

When I went down to the local video shop as I do most Fridays I happened to glance upon Bruce Almighty. I had of course heard of it before but that day was the day I decided to finally watch it. Being a Jim Carrey fan I was excited and thought it would be a good movie as the plot was original and I also happen to like Morgan Freeman. I'm not sure if it was my high expectations that ruined the movie of the fact that is just wasn't that great. A few 'run of the mill' type jokes, and it dragged on a bit without much interesting happening a couple of times. Still, it is a good 'blob out infront of the TV' type movie, and I would recommend it to anyone who has nothing to do, or wants a movie to fall asleep infront of.
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The definitive Carrey flick. It's really funny.
October 27, 2012
Louis Rogers

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Predictable story, unpredictable Jim Carrey. The star provides laughs and emotion to shroud up that the film had a predictable and cliched story. Freeman makes a great mentor and Carrell comes out a dark horse to make this film that more memorable. 4.5/5
July 27, 2012
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March 19, 2012

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    1. Bruce Nolan: Is the bed light of my life! Erouting beneath me! Erouuuting! Erouutting! Erouuuting!.. I'm Bruce Nolan. Back to you, fuckers!
    – Submitted by Connor N (8 months ago)
    1. Bruce Nolan: Anyway, I'm here with Katharine Hepburn's mum. Now tell me, why did you throw the "Heart Of The Ocean" jewel over the railing of the Titanic? Did you feel bad at all letting Leo DiCaprio drown while you were safe floating on the big door? Would you have taken turns or were you just to afraid to freeze your big fat ASS OFF?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Bruce Nolan: My blood type is IB positive. IB positive that they ain't touchin' me with no needle!
    – Submitted by Samantha A (19 months ago)
    1. Bruce Nolan: Smite me, O mighty smighter!
    – Submitted by Samantha A (20 months ago)
    1. Grace: Hey, I just woke up this morning and I felt like my boobs were bigger. Do they look bigger to you?
    2. Bruce Nolan: No. Bigger? Um....
    3. Grace: Oh come one! [jiggles boobs] Look at them! They are definitely bigger! They feel so huge to me.
    4. Bruce Nolan: Listen I have to go but this has been the breast break, I mean the breast break, thank you.
    5. Grace: Where are you going?
    6. Bruce Nolan: To get my job back!
    – Submitted by Domenica D (20 months ago)
    1. Evan Baxter: The prime minister of Sweden visited Washington today and my tiny, little nipples went to France.
    – Submitted by Jonathan M (21 months ago)
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