'Evan Almighty' Critic Reviews

66%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   194 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Avoid like the Ten Plagues.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    It's an almighty, humorless bore.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    This film is to faith what a box of animal crackers is to nature.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    The sum effect is mild yet strange, lacking both the zing of smart comedy and the cohesion of sensible plotting.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    17
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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 » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The divine guidance afforded the title character does not extend to script doctoring.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This is idiotic, but it's so good-natured I didn't mind.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Ultimately, Evan Almighty is too sappy, too sanctimonious.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Dressing thy star in vestments of outrageous design and a wig maketh not a joke.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Somehow this boat floats along, a lasting tribute to lightweight construction.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Though the strain sometimes shows, Carell's skill with physical comedy is a saving grace that makes Evan Almighty at least tolerable.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a gentle, warm, 'big tent' big-budget comedy with all the rough edges rubbed off. Not an edge to be found.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    Evan Almighty belongs to that sorry cinema subgenre, Comedy without the Funny Bits.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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