Bruce Almighty Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 29, 2008
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Director Shadyac and his three scriptwriters prove much more fallibly flawed than their omnipotent hero.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2003
Mr. Carrey gets some of his biggest laughs in years by playing up the darker side of his character's small-mindedness.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 29, 2003
It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 27, 2003
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2003
... 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.
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May 26, 2003
Highly watchable.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2003
[Carrey] is in loose-limbed form, with healthy doses of fury, in a film that mostly succeeds at fusing his slapstick talents and more heartfelt inclinations.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 24, 2003
The laughs in Bruce Almighty are thinly spread across a vast, bland cake of uplifting sentiment.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 23, 2003
[Carrey] is so gifted a physical comedian that even mediocre material shines in his talented hands.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 23, 2003
Something between an indiscretion and an atrocity, in the key of that most human yet loathsome of self-indulgences, vanity.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 23, 2003
Everyone is well cast and no one more perfectly than Freeman, who is far more God-like than George Burns ever was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 23, 2003
Carrey seems engaged in a kind of war with his own best comic instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 23, 2003
The film, particularly in its first and last third, seems sadly devoid of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2003
Carrey's shtick is beginning to seem tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 23, 2003
At the end of the day, Carrey is far more palatable and sincere under a devil's mask than a cardboard halo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 23, 2003
Although the movie never quite explores all the heavenly possibilities, it does provide some wicked chuckles.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 23, 2003
Rambunctiously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 23, 2003
When Carrey is doing his thing as the Almighty, histrionically whipping up one miracle after another and relishing the power, Bruce has you spring-cleaning your lungs with laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 23, 2003
It's Carrey who must carry this film, and he lifts Bruce Almighty to the heavens.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 23, 2003
Yep, this is the Carrey America loves -- off-the-wall, over-the-top, elastic, spastic and fantastic.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 23, 2003
Very snappy, sweetly moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 23, 2003
A charmer, the kind of movie where Bruce learns that while he may not ever make a very good God, the experience may indeed make him a better television newsman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 23, 2003
Basically, Bruce Almighty is about getting Carrey to stop acting up. But without his misbehaving, there's no movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 23, 2003
The whole thing reeks of the formulaic, of a carefully packaged bid to propel the star back to his appointed place in the commercial constellation, all the while depriving him of the dark side that got him there in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 23, 2003
The problem is that Bruce is an unlikable, self-centered character.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 23, 2003
Midrange Carrey, neither as artful as The Truman Show nor as singularly crude as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
| Original Score: C+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 22, 2003
Jim Carrey riffs, wickedly, on what it's like to be God, then whiffs, sanctimoniously, on what it's like to be human.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2003
An unevenness of tone, which becomes manipulative in effect, echoes and compounds the unconvincing look and feel of the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2003
It's stunning how a movie about someone who gets to be the ultimate high-and-mighty could set its sights so low.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 22, 2003
The movie works when Carrey's mugging it up ... but melts into a saccharine tub of goo when he plays it straight.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 22, 2003
Exactly what it looks like: a cute premise extended to feature length, with plenty of opportunity for Mr. Carrey to mug for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 22, 2003
If the results are something less than inspired, they remind us there is godliness in silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 22, 2003
Lacks the insane, anything-goes energy this premise deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2003
Because there's always been a megalomaniac lurking inside Carrey's manic personality, it's funny to see him literally play God.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 22, 2003
Often entertaining, but it could have been more.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 22, 2003
Powerfully entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 22, 2003
A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 22, 2003
Carrey is utterly delightful, whether pulling off some hilarious pratfall or energizing the most mundane piece of dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 21, 2003
A perfectly respectable Jim Carrey comedy that makes you feel as if you're right back in 1997, watching Liar Liar.
Full Review | Original Score: B-