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Bruce Almighty

Drama . Comedy . Fantasy

Bruce Nolan toils as a "human interest" television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God -- and the Almighty responds, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers.

Actors: Philip Baker Hall , Jennifer Aniston , Jim Carrey , Eddie Jemison , Morgan Freeman , Paul Satterfield , Nora Dunn , Steve Carell , Lisa Ann Walter , Catherine Bell
Directors: Tom Shadyac
Country: USA
Release: 2003-05-23
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  • Bill Gallo

    Bruce Nolan is one deeply disgruntled barrel of laughs--the emotional kin of Bill Murray's cynical weatherman in "Groundhog Day."

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Carrey is so gifted a physical comedian that even mediocre material shines in his talented hands, not to mention his talented feet, face, elbows, ears, hair and, ahem, derriere.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Aniston, as a sweet kindergarten teacher and fiancee, shows again (after "The Good Girl") that she really will have a movie career.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    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. But you are made to pay for it with a third-act sap-rising that's as thick as the final reels of "Patch Adams."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A diverting comedy that in its last act becomes unusually sober. While the film both explicitly and implicitly pays tribute to Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," the upshift from irreverent slapstick to reverent sermonette is extremely abrupt.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Everyone is well cast and no one more perfectly than Freeman, who is far more God-like than George Burns ever was. Freeman's God is wise, humble, wry, patient and funny but never mean-spirited.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Although the film's jabs at TV journalism are nothing new, Carrey brings to the material the sense of someone who's too smart for his work yet loves it -- the essence, perhaps, of being a ham.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Carrey isn't afraid to go happily psycho, like Peter Sellers or Eminem on his funniest tracks, and that's his edge.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Bruce Almighty would rather go runny and bland, mostly where Aniston's Grace is concerned.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    It would be nice to say that Bruce is hilarious, rather than merely (and fitfully) funny; certainly, the premise suggests laughs more consistent and outlandish than are present here.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • John Powers

    Carrey's schizophrenic new effort gives you both at once -- it drowns his hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Even more than Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams or Pee-wee Herman, Mr. Carrey, now 41 (pretty old for an overgrown kid), sustains a maniacal energy that explodes off the screen in blinding electrical zaps. Those jolts don't always feel pleasant.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The movie is mainly an excuse to display special-effects gags in the form of the various miracles manifested -- some of which are highly imaginative, some of which aren't.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Just a vehicle for Carrey to do his hyperactive shtick. He has some entertaining bits, such as his rain-drenched meltdown in which he victimizes some stunned innocents, but he’s working so strenuously that at times he’s hard to watch.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The screenplay doesn't ultimately make much sense. Carrey is a unique comic talent, though, and Freeman and Aniston back him up with such sensitive supporting performances that the film almost works if you can suspend enough disbelief to swallow its fantastic premise.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The actors don't seem to have been directed at all, and the movie is very sluggishly paced.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Even apart from the fact that it's not nearly funny enough, Bruce Almighty is a peculiar film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    From the script to the title character to the direction, the watchwords here are three: Play it safe. The whole thing reeks of the formulaic.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Any story from the "Patch Adams" team of director Tom Shadyac and writer Steve Oedekerk is bound to end up floating in a soup of moral homilies, and "Bruce" does.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    Long before you buy your ticket to the new Jim Carrey film, you've already been doomed to disappointment. Several parties play a role in this. Interestingly, Jim Carrey isn't one of them.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Ed Park

    A looking-glass cover version of "The Truman Show," the maudlin Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty lets the comedian ply his rubber-limbed shtick as well as indulge his pursuit of sappiness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    While Bruce Almighty does end on a modest "Candide"-like note, the getting there is too strained to be much of a pleasure.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I like my God, though, like I like my comedies: ruder, cruder, and able to show me things I haven't seen before. Bruce Almighty is sadly miracle-free.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Bruce Almighty attempts to blend both sides of the actor – comedic and dramatic – and while Carrey achieved that balance quite wonderfully in "The Truman Show," Bruce Almighty doesn't so much straddle the fence as impale itself on it.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Unless you like boob jokes and preachy sentimentalism, this comedy isn't funny at all. Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Without a decent script, Carrey can't create much of a character, and the farce loses its edge the moment it starts trying to tell a coherent story.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality. The last 30 minutes of Bruce Almighty is so godawful that it almost sent me screaming from the theater.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Like his (Carrey) early work, it's not a particularly good film -- insipidly staged, inanely plotted, too weak to withstand the weight of any inquiries into logic or continuity -- but Carrey's energetic mugging, particularly early on, makes it relatively painless.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    It's a classic fantasy scenario, overflowing with creative possibilities, but Carrey's Nolan isn't charmingly misguided or comically loathsome enough to deserve the lesson; he's just a big, inconsequential crybaby.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It's all rote, sleep-inducing formula, but it might have still worked if the movie weren't so timid and unimaginative.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The potential for real offense is palpable, but Bruce Almighty never gets there; the script is too lazy and incoherent--truly effective blasphemy takes brains and rigor.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Something between an indiscretion and an atrocity.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Even the most narcissistic jerk, like the one played by Jim Carrey in the loathsome comedy Bruce Almighty, would be expected to dream up untold pleasures for himself, acting as a self-serving genie with infinite wishes.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    As long as this deity remains childish, materialistic and narcissistic, Jim's in his heaven and all's right with the world. It's when the story reaches for maturity, spirituality and altruism that the divine spark of comedy sputters and nearly goes out.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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