Bruce Almighty

2003

Bruce Almighty

Critics Consensus

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

49%

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Total Count: 189

57%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 33,024,215
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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, however, isn't buying it, so God gives him a chance to find out what he's up against; God bestows all of his powers on Bruce for a week, to see how he'd handle things. At first, Bruce has a great time bending the world around him to his will, much to the puzzlement of his girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), but after six days God stops by to remind Bruce he hasn't done much to make the Earth a better place. Disappointed, God presents Bruce with an ultimatum -- he has one day to improve the world in a concrete way, or God will toss the planet back into the void. Bruce Almighty was directed by Tom Shadyac, who previously teamed with Jim Carrey for Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Jim Carrey
as Bruce Nolan
Jennifer Aniston
as Grace Connelly
Philip Baker Hall
as Jack Baylor
Catherine Bell
as Susan Ortega
Steve Carell
as Evan Baxter
Nora Dunn
as Ally Loman
Paul Satterfield
as Dallas Coleman
Mark Kiely
as Fred Donohue
Sally Kirkland
as Anita Mann
Tony Bennett
as Himself
Robert Curtis-Brown
as Phil Sidleman
Timothy Dipri
as Bruce's Cameraman
Brian Tahash
as Bruce's Soundman
Lou Felder
as Pete Fineman
Lou Feldner
as Pete Fineman
Lillian Adams
as Mama Kowolski
Christopher Darga
as Vol Kowolski
Jack Jozefson
as Homeless Man
Timothy Di Pri
as Bruce's Cameraman
Koby Allie
as Martin
Dan Desmond
as Bill (Ferry Owner)
Selma Stern
as Irene Dansfield
Rina Fernandez
as Pretty Woman
Robert Curtis Brown
as Phil Sidleman
Michael Brownlee
as Newscaster
Ted Garcia
as Newscaster
Maria Quiban
as Newscaster
Shaun Robinson
as Newscaster
Ken Rudulph
as Newscaster
Gina St. John
as Newscaster
Michael Villani
as Newscaster
Christina Grandy
as Office Staffer
Jamison Yang
as Office Staffer
Bette Rae
as Hazel
Nick Huff
as Teenager
Greg Collins
as Coach Tucker
Dougald Park
as Stalled Car Guy
Susan Ware
as Party Woman
John Rosenfeld
as Business Man
Mary Pat Gleason
as Heavyish Woman
Carey Scott
as Partying Sports Guy
Bradley Stryker
as College Rioter
Ben Livingston
as Paramedic
Dohn Norwood
as Police Training Center Officer
Michael Olifiers
as Police Training Center Officers
David Carrera
as Phil's Cameraman
Howard S. Lefstein
as Phil's Soundman
Miah Won
as Connie (masseuse)
Darcy Fowers
as Attractive Woman at Restaurant
Laura-Shay Griffin
as Attractive Woman at Restaurant
Micayla Bowden
as Day Care Kid
Samantha Boyarsky
as Day Care Kid
Dylan Ferguson
as Day Care Kid
Cubbie Kile
as Day Care Kid
Emily Needham
as Day Care Kid
Alex Villiers
as Day Care Kid
Moe Daniels
as Day Care Teacher
Ara Celi
as Woman at Party
Jessica Leigh Mattson
as Woman at Party
Jessica Mattson
as Woman at Party
Allison McCurdy
as Woman at Party
Patti O'Donnell
as Woman at Party
Janelle Perzina
as Woman at Party
Annie Wersching
as Woman at Party
Ashley Yegan
as Woman at Party
P.J. Byrne
as Panicked newsroom staffer
Vanna Salviati
as Bobby's Aunt
William Thomas
as Technical Director
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Critic Reviews for Bruce Almighty

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (45)

  • As entertainment, it gives good value: it's light, quick and diverting. Morgan Freeman, predictably, gives it heart, gravitas and the appearance of wisdom; but it's Carrey who keeps all the balls in the air with refined mania.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are enough goofball touches in Bruce Almighty to carry the movie to a certain extent... However, when the time comes for Bruce to "share and learn", the effect is trite and embarrassing.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 29, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Director Shadyac and his three scriptwriters prove much more fallibly flawed than their omnipotent hero.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This has some very funny moments and lines in its first act, and then jettisons the comedy in favour of a self-important deadly serious feelgood ending.

    Jul 8, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • What a disappointment.

    Jun 27, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bruce Almighty

  • Oct 27, 2012
    The definitive Carrey flick. It's really funny.
    Louis R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    Bruce Almighty was a funny movie, but not the best movie ever. Jim Carry was perfect for this role, since he's known for the most overacted man ever. At least that's what I think. The story wasn't that interesting, but everything else made it up for it. Not too many laugh-out-loud moments, but the only thing that stood out to me was the scene where he was getting back at Evan Baxter (Steve Correll). I just couldn't stop laughing when I first saw it along time ago. So I will end my review saying that it was funny but not needs a little more improvement.
    Giovanni C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    Remember when Jim Carry was funny... the only thing I took from this is God probably does look like Freeman.
    Joshua W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Interesting premise and cast, but lacks laugh out loud laughs
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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