Jan 9, 2018
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 3, 2018
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.
Jul 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.
Jun 24, 2006
Director Shadyac and his three scriptwriters prove much more fallibly flawed than their omnipotent hero.
Dec 9, 2005
But the big surprise is Carell. Known mainly for playing one of Julia-Louis Dreyfus' friends on the anemic sitcom Watching Ellie, the young funnyman is a revelation here.
Aug 5, 2003
Freeman does better here than in his recent showing as a mad colonel in Dreamcatcher, but there's a sense that this long-term asset to Hollywood has taken to accepting too many half-baked scripts in order to maintain his reputation for hard work.
Aug 1, 2003
With Carrey on top form and some highly inventive sight gags, it's the proverbial laugh riot.
Jul 8, 2003
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.
Jun 27, 2003
What a disappointment.
Jun 14, 2003
A smart, surprisingly thought-through blockbuster, with a decent grasp of the theological implications of its idea.
Jun 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 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
[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 25, 2003
I can't help but wonder if the film might have worked with a more sincere, if less comically inspired, actor at the helm.
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.