Bruce Almighty

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

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Bruce Nolan's (Jim Carrey) career in TV has been stalled for a while, and when he's passed over for a coveted anchorman position, he loses it, complaining that God is treating him poorly. Soon after, God (Morgan Freeman) actually contacts Bruce and offers him all of his powers if he thinks he can do a better job. Bruce accepts and goes on a spree, using his new-found abilities for selfish, personal use until he realizes that the prayers of the world are going unanswered.

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Critic Reviews for Bruce Almighty

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (100)

  • 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.

    January 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.

    January 3, 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.

    July 29, 2008

    Robert Koehler

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

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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.

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

    June 27, 2003 | Full Review…

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  • 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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