Religulous Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 3, 2009
Over-extended but nonetheless thought provoking and humorous documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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November 10, 2008
Maher is essentially and professionally a comic, and the measure of this movie is not just the thoughts it provokes but the laughs it generates.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
I think this is an important movie, challenging, many beliefs that many of us seem unwilling to talk about. Mainly, though, you'll laugh...a lot.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2008
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 18, 2008
Religulous has an unholy fervor that should start many bonfires.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
About half of the movie works in its snide, hit-and-run way. The other half throws more and more darts at the same balloon, long after it pops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 6, 2008
Was Maher afraid he might muddy his clownish jape if he actually brought into the mix a learned theologian?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 3, 2008
Religulous doesn't really go anywhere. It's ultimately a celebration of the old-time religion we call entertainment.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 3, 2008
Religulous is not for the devout. But those with a taste for irreverent humor and clear-eyed analysis will find it funny, enlightening and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
It's sharp and outrageously funny enough to keep it from coming off like a self-righteous screed and to keep Maher from looking like the Michael Moore of religion -- for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2008
Bill Maher does something amazing in Religulous. He makes Michael Moore look incredibly likable in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 3, 2008
[Maher's] scattershot and ad hominem attacks against many different forms of religious hypocrisy don't add up to a coherent critique, and he's not qualified to provide one.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2008
A provocation, thinly disguised as a documentary, that succeeds in being almost as funny as it is offensive.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 3, 2008
In the end, for all its genuflections towards free inquiry and rational debate, Maher is as close-minded as any of the preachers he despises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 3, 2008
Maher isn't unfair. Simply restating religious tenets to believers amounts to ridiculing them, but so be it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2008
What [Maher] does do finally in this funny, refreshing movie is assert how unrestrained religiosity could guarantee the 'end days' many of his subjects admit to looking forward to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 3, 2008
It's not the message in Religulous that's a turn-off, but the way in which it's delivered.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 3, 2008
No two ways about it, Religulous is going to offend a lot of people who have never even see it. Chances are, it's going to offend a lot of people who do see it as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 3, 2008
Funny as it is, Religulous is too much an exercise in preaching to the happily nonconverted. You others be damned. Sound familiar?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2008
Many may laugh, and many will surely be offended, but nothing here bridges the gap between those two reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2008
Maher's first film project, Religulous, is a major disappointment because here, unlike on Real Time, he aims for laughs instead of insight -- and aims low.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
As an exchange of ideas, this is a hopeless project, since Maher's doubt is as immovable as his interviewees' certainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Neely Tucker
Washington Post
October 3, 2008
One of the rules of satire is that you can't mock things you don't understand, and Religulous starts developing fault lines when it becomes clear that Maher's view of religious faith is based on a sophomoric reading of the Scriptures.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
We need skeptics. They infuriate, but they also illuminate, and anybody whose faith can't take the knocks that Maher dishes out probably has deeper spiritual issues to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2008
For most of the film, Maher uses the devout as straight men to set up his jokes. Though initially sidesplitting, over the course of Religulous, Maher has diminishing comic returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 3, 2008
[Maher] converts 'honest doubt' into a rant against the ranters. Listening to it is like switching from Fox News to MSNBC, a different perspective but the same damn noise. My God, when will the racket end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2008
Maher's antireligion documentary, Religulous, has numerous blasts of raucous humor amid passages that feel like a screed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 2, 2008
Maher's too smart to make a movie this dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 2, 2008
Bill Maher would have been burned at the stake if his hellishly hilarious and surprisingly thoughtful satire on organized religion had played the Inquisition.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 2, 2008
It's a nasty, condescending, small-minded film, self-amused and ultimately self-defeating. Its only accomplishment is to make atheists look bad -- and in this political climate they didn't need Maher's help with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 2, 2008
This movie is about Bill Maher's opinion of religion. He's very smart, quick and funny, and I found the movie entertaining, although sometimes he's a little mean to his targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 2, 2008
Really funny and well-made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2008
Fearless as a fatwa and subtle as a Second Coming, Religulous is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2008
It's a film that's destined to make a lot of people mad, but Maher, for all his showy atheistic 'doubt,' isn't just trying to crucify religion -- he truly wants to know what makes it tick. He leaves no stone tablet unturned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 1, 2008
Religulous is a film that aims for laughs, not a scientific survey of the roots of faith.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 30, 2008
Being snarky and smug doesn't equate to providing insight, and there's more than one occasion when the filmmakers lose sight of this in their zeal to spread the Gospel According to Maher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2008
An often hilarious but relentlessly shallow attack on religious fundamentalism by humorist Bill Maher.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 21, 2008
In a string of frank, often hilarious but always well-considered conversations with various Christians, Maher incisively asks them exactly what skeptics always ponder about religion in general and Christianity in particular.