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.
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.
Andrew Sarris Mr. Carrey gets some of his biggest laughs in years by playing up the darker side of his character's small-mindedness.
John Powers It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap.
Ed Park 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.
Richard Roeper ... 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.
David Edelstein Highly watchable.
Sheri Linden [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.
Andrew O'Hehir The laughs in Bruce Almighty are thinly spread across a vast, bland cake of uplifting sentiment.
Michael O'Sullivan [Carrey] is so gifted a physical comedian that even mediocre material shines in his talented hands.
Stephen Hunter Something between an indiscretion and an atrocity, in the key of that most human yet loathsome of self-indulgences, vanity.
Stephen Whitty Although the movie never quite explores all the heavenly possibilities, it does provide some wicked chuckles.
Mark Caro It's stunning how a movie about someone who gets to be the ultimate high-and-mighty could set its sights so low.