Movie Reviews: Evan Almighty

Critics by and large have concluded that Evan Almighty is no The Ten Commandments, that Steve Carell is no Charlton Heston, and that director Tom Shadyac is no Cecil B. DeMille. "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 observes in the Denver Post. Actually, Lou Lumenick in the New York Post suggests that the movie may be a hit despite its meager offerings. "The Red State folk may be more receptive to this bland, family-friendly entertainment than we cynics living in the Blue States," he says. But Chris Vognar, writing in the Red State of Texas calls Evan Almighty "an unholy mess" and "a movie desperately in search of a soul." The film takes an almost universal pounding in both Red and Blue states. "There's no movie here -- just a concept that holds little promise and can't even deliver on those low expectations," comments Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times. Despite its huge budget, Liam Lacey writes in the Toronto Globe and Mail, the film winds up as "a lesson in the importance of tameness." He concludes: "It's as if the script were based on a typo in Genesis - you know, the version where the Lord says, 'Let there be slight.'" Indeed, Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times remarks that the film feels "like it had been written over a weekend with a book of bad Bible puns in hand." Or as Rafer Gusmán of Newsday puts it similarly in Newsday: "Mostly it feels like a store-bought mix of jokes and sentiments." Claudia Puig in USA Today dismisses it more trenchantly: "It's an almighty, humorless bore," she writes.




22/06/2007


Contactmusic

Tags: Steve Carell - Charlton Heston - Tom Shadyac - Chicago - Genesis


Editors Recommendations

Things Just Got Serious: Amazon Instant Video Lands The Sopranos, The Wire

Anyone excited enough by the fact Amazon have acquired HBO shows to add...

Things Just Got Serious: Amazon Instant Video Lands The Sopranos, The Wire

Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight Lawsuit is Thrown Out, But Invites Appeal

Quentin Tarantino has seen his lawsuit against Gawker for putting a copy of his...

Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight Lawsuit is Thrown Out, But Invites Appeal

Led Zeppelin Release Unheard Music, Say Reunion Chances are "Zero"

Led Zeppelin have unveiled two previously unheard recordings, including an early version...

Led Zeppelin Release Unheard Music, Say Reunion Chances are

'Burning Blue': Forbidden Love Attempts to Flourish Under DADT [Trailer + Pictures]

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the official United States policy surrounding gay and lesbian...

'Burning Blue': Forbidden Love Attempts to Flourish Under DADT [Trailer + Pictures]

Justin Bieber Poses Next To Shrine Honouring Japan's War Criminals

Justin Bieber has apologised after posing next to the controversial Yasukuni...

Justin Bieber Poses Next To Shrine Honouring Japan's War Criminals

Laura Prepon Dating Tom Cruise? Actress Sets The Record Straight

Laura Prepon has moved to dismiss the rumors that she is dating fellow actor...

Laura Prepon Dating Tom Cruise? Actress Sets The Record Straight

Hank Cochran Gets Posthumous Induction into Country Hall of Fame

The late Hank Cochran will posthumously receive country music's highest honor...

Hank Cochran Gets Posthumous Induction into Country Hall of Fame

Lily Allen Unleashes "Sheezus" Music Video, And A Wave Of Confusion On The World

Lily Allen really wants you to know she’s over pop culture – or some parts of it anyway...

Lily Allen Unleashes

President Barack Obama And Wife Michelle Honor Late DJ Frankie Knuckles In Open letter

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have paid tribute to the late Chicago DJ...

President Barack Obama And Wife Michelle Honor Late DJ Frankie Knuckles In Open letter


More recommendations

Comments

Steve Carell Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Steve Carell

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All