Bruce Almighty (2003)

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Critic Consensus: 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, 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for language, sexual content and some crude humor)
Genre:
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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
Adrian Neil
as James
Jovan Allie
as Martin
Koby Allie
as Martin
Dan Desmond
as Bill (Ferry Owner)
Selma Stern
as Irene Dansfield
Alfred Dennis
as Old Man
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
Andrew Hateley
as Teenager
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
Glen Yrigoyen
as Trainer
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
Darius Rose
as Tyler
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
Allison McCurdy
as Woman at Party
Jessica Mattson
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
Katt Micah Williams
as Boy on Bike
P.J. Byrne
as Panicked newsroom staffer
Vanna Salviati
as Bobby's Aunt
William Thomas
as Technical Director
Timothy Di Pri
as Bruce's Cameraman
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Critic Reviews for Bruce Almighty

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Carrey gets some of his biggest laughs in years by playing up the darker side of his character's small-mindedness.

Full Review… | June 13, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

... 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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bruce Almighty

½

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. 1/ 1/2 Stars Updated 10-1-05

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The definitive Carrey flick. It's really funny.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

½

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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