“... The Trained Animals Here Are Something To See.”
“Biblically Trivial And Epically Wrong, Mixed With A Little Humor And A Good Message About Family.”
“Smite Me Oh Mighty Smiter...”
“A Barely Passable Follow-up”
“This Movie Made Me LAUGH!!! It Is Truly The Funniest Movie I Have Seen It The Last Few Years. ”
Nothing can offset the picture's dutiful Sunday-school intentions or the generic qualities of the CG animals that follow Noah in twosies.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Avoid like the Ten Plagues.
Phelim O'Neill - Guardian [UK]
It's an almighty, humorless bore.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
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.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
This film is to faith what a box of animal crackers is to nature.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The sum effect is mild yet strange, lacking both the zing of smart comedy and the cohesion of sensible plotting.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
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.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
The divine guidance afforded the title character does not extend to script doctoring.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This is idiotic, but it's so good-natured I didn't mind.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Ultimately, Evan Almighty is too sappy, too sanctimonious.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Dressing thy star in vestments of outrageous design and a wig maketh not a joke.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Somehow this boat floats along, a lasting tribute to lightweight construction.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
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.
Brian Lowry - Variety
Though the strain sometimes shows, Carell's skill with physical comedy is a saving grace that makes Evan Almighty at least tolerable.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a gentle, warm, 'big tent' big-budget comedy with all the rough edges rubbed off. Not an edge to be found.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Evan Almighty belongs to that sorry cinema subgenre, Comedy without the Funny Bits.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
Though far from a disaster of Biblical proportions, Evan Almighty is a mild, sporadically funny comedy in an oversized sentimental frame.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
This is the Old Testament minus the wrath, divine retribution as chicken soup for the soul -- where's the fun in that?
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
At times the visuals can be impressive, but the climactic flood -- the ark's raison d'etre -- looks surprisingly cheesy and fake.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The shamelessly juvenile, pseudo-religious, mock-sincere Evan Almighty is the most expensive Hollywood comedy ever made. Problem? It's not that funny.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Loathed during its initial theatrical run, I fail to see the ultimate sin of Evan Almighty, outside of some painfully lazy screenwriting and irritating pace issues.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Fans of the original film will find much to enjoy, though they really shouldn't and it would be morally indefensible to encourage them.
Ed Whitfield - What Culture
The Bruce Almighty spinoff gets a touch preachy and saccharine at times, but it's still fun and funny enough to work as a nice, family-friendly diversion.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Horrid, Tim-Allen-was-not-available treacle
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Only Wanda Sykes, as the movie's obligatory reaction-shot deadpanner, exhibits a functioning wit.
Michael Atkinson - Boston Phoenix
Evan Almighty is an ungainly melding of religious paean, big-budget studio comedy, feel-good family niceties and summer-blockbuster spectacle.
Tim Grierson - Screendaily
This movie isn't about logic, faith or family, and doesn't have many laughs except when baboons carry things -- that's always funny. It's just mindless summer popcorn.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It makes sense that the sequel to 2003's hit Bruce Almighty should star Steve Carell instead of Jim Carrey. Hilarious as Carrey was, everyone knows Carell stole the show...
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Really just a two hour sermon about the meaning of the story of Noah's Ark, and an exploration into the bible's deeper meanings. Which wouldn't be so bad, if the film didn't pretend to be just another family comedy...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Heaven help parents if Hollywood stops making silly, good-natured, PG-rated family comedies.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Carell's morality tale much milder than Carrey's.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Evan Almighty could have been a lot worse, but anything with Carell has--or had--the potential to be a lot better.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
For long after the waters have subsided, there remains a very wide gap between havoc and hilarity.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Unapologetically, aggressively unfunny.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
While Bruce Almighty was an inventive and often hilarious parable about divine intervention, Evan Almighty is mighty short of laughs.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
There are more jokes in any chapter of the Book of Job than in the whole of Evan Almighty.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Beyond Heaven's help.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A FUN comedy of epic Biblical proportions with Carell in fine form.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Often mainlining its message at the expense of laughs, this is unassuming fare that just about holds the line between floating and sinking. Carell's a solid centre, but someone needs to tell him he's better than this.
James White - Total Film
Even the finest of actors would require a miracle when working with gags centred, predominantly, on bird droppings.
Dave Kopel - thelondonpaper
Anyone expecting a reprise of Bruce Almighty will be disappointed.
Jamie Russell - Film4
Safety over satire at almost every turn.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
As modern-day re-stagings of Bible stories go, this is oddly less funny than The Reaping. Next time, for real laughs, do the story of Job.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Should have been a lot more amusing than it turns out.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
One very expensive flop.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A comedic disaster of biblical proportions.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Evan Almighty is saved by a strong supporting cast and a decent climax, though the rest of the film is underwritten and disappointing in places.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Stella Papamichael - BBC
And God looked out onto the teeming plains and and He saw that there were many suckers who dwelt upon the land who did lust to spend their shekels upon bird-poop jokes.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
It's a trifle of a thing; the kind of thing you'd see on a broadcast network on a Saturday afternoon, at least before you grew bored and changed the channel.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
"Evan Almighty" is not a horrible film by any means, just on the low side of mediocre. But if the reports of the enormous costs are true (animal wranglers are expensive, y'know), then this is going to be the bomb of the year%u2026and with an effort this s
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
Evan Almighty simplistically preaches the value of faith, and its overriding belief is that beneficial societal and familial change can stem from "one act of random kindness."
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Better than Bruce by at least two turtle doves and a 40-year-old virgin...
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Unless you're a devout Christian or one of those preteens who laugh at anything, there are far better (and more interesting) movies to choose from.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
'Evan Almighty' misses so many tricks, it ultimately misses the mark.
Anna Smith - Time Out
It has to be one of the flattest, unfunny comedies that I've seen in a very long time. Honestly, the best I could manage was a weak smile here or there.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Nominal sequel to Bruce Almighty finds Steve Carell assigned Noah's job. Once you stop laughing at that, there's not much left.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Evan Almighty strains consistently to pave the way for topical humor, yet lacks inspired comedic charm and a cogent message.
Eric Kohn - New York Press
Steve Carell, a funny man in most circumstances, as been left high and dry ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Evan Almighty is a colossal dud - a high-concept low comedy made by people who can't tell a pratfall from a pitfall and stumble into every one.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
A tolerable sequel to Bruce Almighty.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A comedy with it's heart in the right place
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Evan Almighty is sweeter than it is funny, but it sure looks good...interesting thought exercises do not a raucous comedy make.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Religious rhetoric attached to a flimsy plot on the strength of family and the power of government corruption. There little that's new and there's little that's funny.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
If I want to see a movie about a warm and cuddly guy with a white beard, I'll just pop Miracle On 34th Street into the DVD player.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Oh come on now...this isn't that bad. It's actually a decent movie, and very cute.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
It's no laugh riot, but it has a generous heart...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The Citizen Kane of fecal films.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Carell plays the uptight character straight, creating anxiety instead of comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Entertaining enough to be a big hit, but the script is badly underwritten.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
100% exactly what I expected. No big belly laughs but a light enough comedy to pass the time.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Neither the jokes nor the special effects seem heaven-sent in 'Evan Almighty.' The humor consists of pratfalls, cartoonish crotch attacks and bird droppings.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Richly mixes funny, supernatural, and heart. A film the whole family can enjoy, as evidenced by my happy clan of four ranging in age from seven to sixty-seven.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Don't bother going down with the ark; skip this one.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Both fun and serious as it bestows its important messages about family, responsibility and the environment.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
It's like a lazy summer day - too light and inconsequential to really get excited about, but you have to be pretty cranky to complain too loudly.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
The original Bruce Almighty took God's place while Evan only takes Noah's place. We're careening fast down the Biblical food chain, aren't we? What's next, Zebulun, son of Jacob, Almighty?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The story plays on a juvenile level, and surprisingly enough it works on that level.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It's a paper-thin alleged comedy with a laugh drought of Biblical proportions.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It simply regurgitates what marketing research has told it we want to hear, along with a few shots of pooping birds in a vain attempt at laughter.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
despite the lack of laugh-out-loud moments, I've got to say that I was charmed by the film's gentle humor and family-first message
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
The story arc definitely is aimed at young audiences in "Evan Almighty."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Martin Scribbs - Low IQ Canadian
Feeling nostalgic about those 'Oh, God' movies that George Burns made 30-odd years ago? Then 'Evan Almighty' might seem like manna from heaven.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Evan Almighty is proof that you can make a mainstream movie dealing with religion in a way that's meaningful without ever sacrificing entertainment value. Amen to that.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A faith-based, corporate-sponsored, family comedy for folks who don't mind having a familiar Biblical tale about sin overhauled into a contemporary allegory about saving the environment.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
Carell, as fans of The Office know, is better playing quiet than broad, which is a key reason why Evan fails where Bruce succeeded.
Eric Alt - Premiere Magazine
When Knocked Up supporting player Hill is the funniest member of a cast led by Carell that includes the equally funny Sykes and Graham, you know something's gone sadly wrong.
Dave White - Movies.com
It takes an annoying while for Evan Almighty to launch, but laughs, or at least chuckles, do come forth.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Evan Almighty" reaffirms my theory that Steve Carell is unable to carry a film on his own.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Forget wrath-of-God stuff. Evan Almighty is pure fluff, moderately entertaining but not nearly the "comedy of Biblical proportions" it purports to be.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
The highlights of Evan Almighty aren't the supernatural moments but the scenes in which Carell grows comically flustered with his situation.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
If Jerry Falwell weren't dead already, this movie might have killed him.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie comes across as Sunday school meets Greenpeace meets Ace Ventura -- laughter, religion and environmentalism make strange bedfellows.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
They sure spent a lot of money on this movie.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Will it make up its $175 million budget? Maybe with some divine intervention. Seriously. I wouldn't be surprised to see buses unloading smiling families and frenzied Young Lifers hitting up theaters for the first time since Mel Gibson told them to.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Rumored to be the most expensive comedy ever made, the laughs come at a high price in Evan Almighty, as much as $50 million per snicker.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The combination of pratfalls and platitudes doesn't quite work.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
My advice to you: Just say Noah.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
When Evan Almighty dips into its obligatory music montage of arc-building mishaps, Carell hits his thumb with a hammer not once, not twice... but three times.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Evan Almighty is filled with broad, slapstick moments and one too many bits involving falling bird poop, but it has its heart in the right place and is morally laudable.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Just say Noah.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Evan Almighty requires a strong suspension of disbelief from anyone with an IQ higher than a slug's.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
a cute film that shows that a little faith can move mountains or at least make for an entertaining movie.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
A truly entertaining film that invites viewers to contemplate the rather big idea that we're all "chosen" to be in relationship with--and obedient to--our Creator.
Carolyn Arends - Christianity Today
No doubt there is an audience ready to receive this relatively harmless, absolutely pointless, aggressively stupid, professionally realized pap. It will delight some people who will find it cute and take its casual blasphemies for a sense of humor
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
While the cast manages to pull a few slight chuckles from the proceedings, it's not enough to keep Evan from being little else than flimsy hackwork.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Evan Almighty may not be enough to make you shout 'Hallelujah,' but it's not the cinematic equivalent of a plague, either.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Squeezes most of the life out of Carell's twitchy, oddball comedic persona.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
A few scenes involving animals are irresistibly cute. But mostly we get gags starring bird droppings -- messages from the sky that are neither divine nor inspired.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Evan Almighty emerges as nothing more than a preachy, overpriced sitcom.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
The movie's message about changing the world by practicing 'acts of random kindness' would feel a lot more genuine if Evan had cost, say a 10th of its final budget and had those involved plowed the rest of the money into various charitable causes.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Follows the standard rules of a mainstream comedy and there are few surprises. The story is lifeless and the only thing keeping it from being a complete and utter mess is the talented cast.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
Apparently all the money went into the animals. The jokes wouldn't earn a round of applause at open mic night at your local comedy club.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
We as an audience are to believe that "God" (the Christian version of course) would seek the aid of a white politician to build an ark to save less than a hundred white people in suburbia, yet he chose to do nothing about the Holocaust?
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
It's depressing to learn that God Himself speaks in bumper-sticker slogans. Equally sad is seeing the talented Sykes once again sidelined in another clunker: Rather than a star in her own right, she's become the Thelma Ritter of bad Hollywood comedies.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
As a crowd-pleasing, undemanding matinee diversion, Evan Almighty is a far more satisfying production than Bruce, and that, to me, is a great thing.
Brian Orndorf - eFilmCritic.com
If Shadyac and Oedekerk opt to take on this subject thrice, let's hope for more comic intervention, divine or otherwise.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
They spent a fortune filming all those different animals and mixing the images all together, but I'm not sure it was worth all that trouble for a movie that's a miracle or two short of being divine.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It's all much concerned with the soul but regrettably lacks a heart, a brain or a smidgen of wit.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
This only mildly amusing sequel is stultifying, self-righteous, sanctimonious - desperately needing divine intervention.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The movie's fine, but it's more safe than interesting.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
God gave us the brains to see through the sort of shallow sermonizing that Evan Almighty wants to pass off as true faith.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Evan Almighty is the latest, terrible family film, and a chronicle of the reductive way in which mainstream comedy directors seem to inevitably lose their edge.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Evan's ark offers refuge for the lions, tigers, elephants, and other animals from distant habitats, but they, like us, would have been better off just staying home.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Evan asks people to repent. You might ask for a refund. At least "Speed 2: Cruise Control" is no longer the worst over-budgeted summer sequel to feature a huge boat taking a torturously long time to crash onto land.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
This bright family comedy is a great time at the movies for everyone, thanks in large part to the brilliant Steve Carell.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
On what stone tablet is it written that Christian comedies have to be this witless?
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Offers an inoffensive message of conservationism and family togetherness, leavened by bestiary slapstick. Harmless, diverting, very mildly uplifting … [but] bland, generic and unchallenging.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
[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.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
God (Morgan Freeman) is not at all unlike Br'er Rabbit, whose amorality was often a positive force against white masters--and just as often a destructive force against all.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
There really aren't any laugh-out-loud moments. Even comic pros like Wanda Sykes, John Michael Higgins and Goodman are straining a bit here.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Loses its footing well before it gets all heavy- and under-handed. I think it's at the second poop joke. Maybe it's the third poop joke, but I guarantee it is well before the fifth and sixth poop jokes.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
For a premise with unlimited possibilities, director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk are awfully small-minded.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The effects are so gargantuan and so distractingly cheesy that the movie loses track of the idea that this is a normal guy who has to do strange things that seem crazy to his friends and wife.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Might be saved if the laughs equaled the number of scenes with critters pooping.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Carell's funniest when he isn't trying to be Jim Carrey, but he gamely goes along with kicks to the groin and smacks to the head.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The critic in me screams but the family man completely understands.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
a fun movie that doesn't make you think too hard, but has plenty of little jokes for those who pay attention,
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
There is a simple sweetness about this film when it sticks to the likable Carell, God and his family, but it's overcome by the deluge of effects that pay homage to Hollywood's sole focus of worship: the box office.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Its funnier that a film made to offend the fewest of people is intent on just crapping on as many possible within its frames.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
By all accounts, Evan Almighty shouldn't work, but it kind of does.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
There's enough stupidity here to insult both theologians and politicos.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
The warm likeability and atomic-clock comic timing of Carell, Lauren Graham (television's "Gilmore Girls") as his wife, and Wanda Sykes as his Congressional aide -- and the quick running time of just over 90 minutes -- keep it mildly entertaining.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Evan Almighty is expertly forged to be a superficial audience friendly phenomenon, the kind of movie that has critics and the cultured scratching their heads over its continued success.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
The fact that God is depicted as a black man makes this post-Katrina flood tale particularly disturbing. Apparently, God wasn't concerned with finding a righteous man in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, but here he saves a rich white suburb from drowning.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
You know a movie is in trouble when most of the laughs involve birds pooping on congressmen.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Smartly done: 'Evan Almighty' is a preposterous, moderately funny film that will warm the hearts of millions.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
If there is one thing that kills comedy, it's sanctimoniousness.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
I have no clue where anyone would come up with this idea and why they thought it would be funny, but, worse yet, it's not even utilized in a way that makes it worth the time.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
I wasn't just bored... I was actively disgusted that so much money was spent on a film that is so poorly written, and so inconsistent and incoherent...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
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.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Desperation seeps out of every nook and cranny of Evan Almighty, a monolithically dumb Hollywood vehicle.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
If the producers of Bruce Almighty locked themselves in a room until they came up with an idea for a sequel, this must be the one they hit upon around 3 a.m.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
With Carell in the lead, it sails along smoothly and merrily, with enough laughs and feel-good messages to help it overcome its inherent weaknesses.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
There are laughs, good effects, fine beasts and a mood of goofy apocalypse.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Even the editing betrays a sense of desperation about the material. It's cut so tight that no one ever breathes, they just talk.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Sometimes it's best to just leave average alone.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
This was the best family film I have seen this year.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Every decent bit is in the trailer, which means someone spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to make a funny 90-second advertising spot.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
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.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With God and Noah providing the animated sermon, the faithful fan base is bound to flock to the theatre pews. The studio has no reason to fear disrespectful numbers.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
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.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
A soggy mess...To think it's any good would require a supreme act of faith.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
While the film has a good heart, it's arteries are filled with cheese.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Already heralded as the most expensive comedy ever made, Evan Almighty may need heavenly intervention to achieve ultimate financial success. Critical success is even less likely.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The idea to show characters dancing to a song with lyrics that go "Everybody Dance Now!" is indicative of the movie's creativity level.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
With EVAN ALMIGHTY, the sorta, kinda, not exactly sequel to BRUCE ALMIGHTY, we learn that treacle is neither better nor worse than puerile. It's a lateral move and they are both annoying.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A family film with the right, saucy touch.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Sticking Steve Carell in awkward situations is a guaranteed way to get laughs.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
New leading man Steve Carell is charming, even when burdened with long white hair and huge beard, not to speak of company of creatures of every size, but the ultra-expensive comedy is too conceptual and overproduced and only intermittently funny.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Maybe I'm nuts, but beyond the mediocrity on display, I started to see the seeds of what could have been a masterpiece...
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Yes, it's sentimental and you have to suspend disbelief (why would the crowd mock Evan as a loon, since after all, 100 pairs of animals are watching him build the ark?), but it's an entertaining enough pic albeit one not crammed with laughs.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Will presumably charm wee ones, and...go over like gangbusters with the holy rollers, but others may notice this comedy of faith skimps on the comedy.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews