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Evan Almighty Reviews

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July 15, 2007
Evan Almighty belongs to that sorry cinema subgenre, Comedy without the Funny Bits.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
July 14, 2007
'Evan Almighty' misses so many tricks, it ultimately misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 27, 2007
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 25, 2007
It's a paper-thin alleged comedy with a laugh drought of Biblical proportions.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 22, 2007
This is the Old Testament minus the wrath, divine retribution as chicken soup for the soul -- where's the fun in that?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 22, 2007
It's an almighty, humorless bore.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Neither biblical disaster nor heavenly treat, the underwhelming Evan Almighty can still lay claim to a superlative: it's the bravest (or craziest) movie of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2007
The highlights of Evan Almighty aren't the supernatural moments but the scenes in which Carell grows comically flustered with his situation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 22, 2007
Evan Almighty in which Steve Carell is commanded by God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark, is a movie far less interesting than its premise.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 22, 2007
This film is to faith what a box of animal crackers is to nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 22, 2007
Evan Almighty may not be enough to make you shout 'Hallelujah,' but it's not the cinematic equivalent of a plague, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2007
Though far from a disaster of Biblical proportions, Evan Almighty is a mild, sporadically funny comedy in an oversized sentimental frame.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2007
[Kids] will enjoy the animal antics best, especially when the critters start doing their part to help build the ark. Parents will have to settle for the few inspired bits by Carell, stuck with the Job-like task of keeping this leaky bucket afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 22, 2007
Here's the funniest thing: In trying desperately to reconnect with religious Americans, Hollywood assumes religious Americans are so dumb they'll laugh at anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 22, 2007
Evan Almighty combines the easiest elements of lazy comedy with the most indulgent elements of lazy disaster movies. Even Mr. Carell, gamely mugging and wincing and snaring the random reflex laugh, gets pulled down with the ship.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2007
Evan Almighty is a paper-thin alleged comedy with a laugh drought of biblical proportions, and a condescendingly simplistic spiritual message. It is so bad, I came close to throwing my caffeinated beverage at the screen.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 22, 2007
Shockingly, this flood is less an allergic reaction to any global catastrophe and more the result of what happens when a studio has too much cash to blow on a wild effects sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2007
Evan Almighty hasn't quite decided what it wants to be, and you get the feeling that if it weren't for another amazing arc -- Carell's recent career trajectory -- it wouldn't exist at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 21, 2007
The sum effect is mild yet strange, lacking both the zing of smart comedy and the cohesion of sensible plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 21, 2007
For a movie that's supposed to be about reconnecting with God and ourselves, and cherishing the Earth we live on, Evan Almighty is a surprisingly dispassionate picture.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2007
God is played, once again, by Morgan Freeman, whose suave charm can sell all sorts of silliness, but not the amiable imbecility peddled by this film.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2007
If there is one thing that kills comedy, it's sanctimoniousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 21, 2007
Historically, throwing money at a comedy has never made it funnier, because there's nothing more cost-effective than a joke, and nothing more ruinous than a spectacle trampling all over it.
| Original Score: D
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 21, 2007
Even the editing betrays a sense of desperation about the material. It's cut so tight that no one ever breathes, they just talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 21, 2007
Once or twice the film reveals its good intentions and gets a laugh, but mostly it feels like a store-bought mix of jokes and sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2007
The divine guidance afforded the title character does not extend to script doctoring.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 21, 2007
Somehow this boat floats along, a lasting tribute to lightweight construction.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 21, 2007
The pieces don't all fit into place and much of what should be its emotional substance is simply rushed. But as a chance to see Carell fill the screen with his brand of angst and Freeman to charm, it's worth a visit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2007
This is a limp, slow-moving and desperately unfunny comedy, a sequel to Bruce Almighty and about the only thing that could possibly make that minor Jim Carrey film look better in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2007
Ultimately, Evan Almighty is too sappy, too sanctimonious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2007
Dressing thy star in vestments of outrageous design and a wig maketh not a joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 21, 2007
If the Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways, he or she had absolutely nothing to do with the making of Evan Almighty, a predictable and totally typical piece of Hollywood comedy overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2007
The shamelessly juvenile, pseudo-religious, mock-sincere Evan Almighty is the most expensive Hollywood comedy ever made. Problem? It's not that funny.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 21, 2007
The extensive mayhem by tsunami that Shadyac unleashes is portrayed as comic and casualty-free, but of course adults can't help but be disturbed by imagery of a catastrophe that would have cost many thousands of lives being dismissed so casually.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 21, 2007
What makes the film transcend its limitations is Carell, whose square, Father Knows Best demeanor belies a supreme comic self-confidence and whose implacability in the face of the movie's CGI-intensive animal antics can be marvelous to behold.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 21, 2007
Though the strain sometimes shows, Carell's skill with physical comedy is a saving grace that makes Evan Almighty at least tolerable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2007
This is idiotic, but it's so good-natured I didn't mind.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 21, 2007
When the film ultimately does deliver on the threat of a flood, there's not much to think other than that the special effects are adequate and that Carell's movie is one big washout.
| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 20, 2007
While I admit that Evan Almighty isn't as ineptly constructed and poorly realized as its predecessor, this still isn't a wise investment of anyone's entertainment dollar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2007
It's a gentle, warm, 'big tent' big-budget comedy with all the rough edges rubbed off. Not an edge to be found.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2007
Nothing can offset the picture's dutiful Sunday-school intentions or the generic qualities of the CG animals that follow Noah in twosies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 19, 2007
At times the visuals can be impressive, but the climactic flood -- the ark's raison d'etre -- looks surprisingly cheesy and fake.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2007
Much of the slapstick comedy involved in the building is feeble, and the film never does something unexpected once the wheels are set in motion.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 18, 2007
The problems with Evan Almighty mostly boil down to questions of scale. The movie warns of an imminent flood, yet delivers only sprinkles of laughter or anything approaching magic.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 18, 2007
Evan Almighty runs out of comic invention early, and the filmmakers fall back on what real politicians do when they exhaust their small stash of ideas: brainless piety.