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Evan Almighty Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… a weakly conceived punchline. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This is movie-making by and for dummies, a sappy little bible story, blissed out on its own ineptitude.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's an almighty, humorless bore.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Carell is getting quite good as these everyman characters but lacks the audacity of, say, a Carrey or a Robin Williams. He is making comedy out of dullness.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The message is so good-hearted, so inarguable, so dull.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Carell's morality tale much milder than Carrey's.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Bruce Almighty is a broader, milder comedy than the original, and it aims to appeal to the whole family (and given the frequent TV ads, chances are even young kids have heard of it). The good news is that even though it's not particularly good, it is pretty safe -- there's no violence, drinking, or sex, and virtually no bad language ("pissed" and "jackass" are as strong as it gets). It's worth noting that the plot revolves around Evan talking directly to God and then obeying his command; there are several biblical references, but no proselytizing.

  • Families can talk about how this movie is being marketed. Is it aimed at Steve Carell's fans, people who liked Bruce Almighty, or both? How do the ads make it seem appealing? Also, how is it different from Bruce? Why do you think the filmmakers decided to make the comedy milder this time around? And who's funnier -- Carell or Jim Carrey? Families can also discuss the message about committing acts of random kindness. What would you have done in Evan's place?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Evan sacrifices his reputation in order to follow a greater calling and by doing so saves lives, animals, and his family. Some poop/bodily function jokes (not surprising, given all the animals involved).

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: The "flood" scene is a bit intense as the water rises and the ark is propelled forward, but no one gets hurt. Some comic pratfalls/injuries while building the ark.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Evan and Joan kiss and hug a couple of times.

  • language false0

    Language: Very little, even by PG standards: "pissed," "jackass," "Oh my God!"

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Just a few: Hummer, The Daily Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Mary).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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