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Bruce Almighty Reviews

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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June 24, 2006
Director Shadyac and his three scriptwriters prove much more fallibly flawed than their omnipotent hero.
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.
May 29, 2003
It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.
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.
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.
May 26, 2003
Highly watchable.
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.
May 24, 2003
The laughs in Bruce Almighty are thinly spread across a vast, bland cake of uplifting sentiment.
May 23, 2003
[Carrey] is so gifted a physical comedian that even mediocre material shines in his talented hands.
May 23, 2003
Something between an indiscretion and an atrocity, in the key of that most human yet loathsome of self-indulgences, vanity.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
Carrey seems engaged in a kind of war with his own best comic instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 23, 2003
The film, particularly in its first and last third, seems sadly devoid of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 23, 2003
Carrey's shtick is beginning to seem tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 23, 2003
Although the movie never quite explores all the heavenly possibilities, it does provide some wicked chuckles.
May 23, 2003
Rambunctiously funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
It's Carrey who must carry this film, and he lifts Bruce Almighty to the heavens.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 23, 2003
Yep, this is the Carrey America loves -- off-the-wall, over-the-top, elastic, spastic and fantastic.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 23, 2003
Very snappy, sweetly moral.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
May 23, 2003
The problem is that Bruce is an unlikable, self-centered character.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 23, 2003
Midrange Carrey, neither as artful as The Truman Show nor as singularly crude as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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
May 22, 2003
Lacks the insane, anything-goes energy this premise deserved.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
Often entertaining, but it could have been more.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2003
Powerfully entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
May 22, 2003
Carrey is utterly delightful, whether pulling off some hilarious pratfall or energizing the most mundane piece of dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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-