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Evan Almighty (2007)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 149

Big on special effects but short on laughs, Evan Almighty underutilizes a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 40

Big on special effects but short on laughs, Evan Almighty underutilizes a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.

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40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell reprises his role as preening newscaster Evan Baxter in this heavenly sequel to the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy hit. Shortly after television anchorman-turned-U.S. congressman Evan Baxter (Carell) relocates his family from Buffalo to Northern Virginia, God (Morgan Freeman) reveals to him that a devastating flood is coming and the planet is about to be cleansed once again. Later, when Baxter accepts the responsibility of building a great ark and his rapidly

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Steve Oedekerk

Oct 9, 2007

$100.3M

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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (149) | DVD (27)

Evan Almighty belongs to that sorry cinema subgenre, Comedy without the Funny Bits.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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'Evan Almighty' misses so many tricks, it ultimately misses the mark.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is PG-rated proselytizing tinged with Al Gore self-righteousness, all with the narrative thrust of a film about the apocalypse starring Kirk Cameron.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (2)
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It's a paper-thin alleged comedy with a laugh drought of Biblical proportions.

June 25, 2007 | Comments (5)
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This is the Old Testament minus the wrath, divine retribution as chicken soup for the soul -- where's the fun in that?

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's an almighty, humorless bore.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (2)
USA Today
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Loathed during its initial theatrical run, I fail to see the ultimate sin of Evan Almighty, outside of some painfully lazy screenwriting and irritating pace issues.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Fans of the original film will find much to enjoy, though they really shouldn't and it would be morally indefensible to encourage them.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

There's a great deal of comedic talent working here, and none of them can muster anything more than a decent chuckle.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The Bruce Almighty spinoff gets a touch preachy and saccharine at times, but it's still fun and funny enough to work as a nice, family-friendly diversion.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Horrid, Tim-Allen-was-not-available treacle

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Only Wanda Sykes, as the movie's obligatory reaction-shot deadpanner, exhibits a functioning wit.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Evan Almighty is an ungainly melding of religious paean, big-budget studio comedy, feel-good family niceties and summer-blockbuster spectacle.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

This movie isn't about logic, faith or family, and doesn't have many laughs except when baboons carry things -- that's always funny. It's just mindless summer popcorn.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

It makes sense that the sequel to 2003's hit Bruce Almighty should star Steve Carell instead of Jim Carrey. Hilarious as Carrey was, everyone knows Carell stole the show...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Comments (4)
Colorado Springs Gazette

Even more blatant religious propaganda and preaching than the first installment.

January 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Heaven help parents if Hollywood stops making silly, good-natured, PG-rated family comedies.

November 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Carell's morality tale much milder than Carrey's.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Evan Almighty could have been a lot worse, but anything with Carell has--or had--the potential to be a lot better.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

For long after the waters have subsided, there remains a very wide gap between havoc and hilarity.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Unapologetically, aggressively unfunny.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

While Bruce Almighty was an inventive and often hilarious parable about divine intervention, Evan Almighty is mighty short of laughs.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are more jokes in any chapter of the Book of Job than in the whole of Evan Almighty.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A FUN comedy of epic Biblical proportions with Carell in fine form.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Should have been a lot more amusing than it turns out.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Safety over satire at almost every turn.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Evan Almighty

Evan Almighy is a big success. It's not the worst movie ever and it made over one hundred million dollars at the box office. Bruce Almighty is better, but Evan Almighty deserves credit. This time around, congressman Evan Baxter has to build an ark before God punishes the world with a flood. Steve Carell did a good job, even though once or twice he got on my nerves. He was pretty funny. I think the funniest parts of the film is when Wanda Sykes is in it. She is made me laugh the most. It kind of amazes me that this comedy can turn into a CGI thriller in a blink of an eye. The effects were awesome, as with most big-budget movies. I recommend this film to everyone. 5 Stars 12-12-07 (Updated)
February 25, 2014
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Bruce Bruce

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Evan (Steve Carell) meets God (Morgan Freeman) who commands him to build an ark to save people from the flood. His family and colleagues think he is going through a mid-life crisis. This movie is better than Bruce Almighty.
March 10, 2012
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Candy Rose

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Evan Almighty is the most expensive comedy film of all time. It's effects are superb but it's not worth the money that it cost to make it. The whole sequel was unnecessary in the first place and the jokes were over used and tired. Steve Carell tries to make the film better with an enthusiastic performance but even he cant save this film from the flop flood.
November 5, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Evan Almighty is an awful sequel to an awful film. I hated this film, I hated the message it, and everything about it was horrible. The story was bad, the acting was bad the pacing was bad, and as a religious comedy it failed just like the first one. I felt that the entire religious theme didn't work whatsoever, and I felt it was very preachy in the way it was delivered on-screen. The jokes were poorly written, and Steve Carrell, who usually is funny, is wasted here. So is Morgan Freeman. The film is a poor sequel to a film that should never have had a sequel in the first place. Bruce Almighty was horrible; I don't even know why they followed it up with a boring, uninspired preachy sequel. The cast do what they can with such a poorly written script; unfortunately the film can't be saved. This is yet another stupid sequel to a stupid, idiotic first film I really didn't see the point of this film, the film is painful to watch and is so poorly made that you lose interest. You realize that this films premise is paper thin, and the gags are stale, and don'[t hold up well at all. This is a biblical disaster for believers and non believers alike. I was very bored watching, and by the time the credits finally rolled, I was thrilled it was over. A few months after this films release, I resorted to Atheism. A poorly made film and a pointless, unimpressive comedy that has no direction.
October 6, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Evan Baxter: Sheeeep! Carjacker! Carjacker!
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    1. Rita: Did you just mainline Rogain?
    – Submitted by Gregory E (2 years ago)
    1. Evan Baxter: Come on, do the dance.
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