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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

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64

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 36

Silverman's brand of humor is dirty, offensive, and, judging from this film, very, very funny.

67

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 10

Silverman's brand of humor is dirty, offensive, and, judging from this film, very, very funny.

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64

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 21,161

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The film comprises Sarah Silverman's performance before a live audience interwoven with stylish musical numbers and backstage intrigue. Comedians Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn also make appearances along with Silverman's band, The Silver Men. Known as one of the funniest and most provocative people in comedy, Silverman has been compared to the legendary Lenny Bruce. Despite the current political climate, she takes on such pitch-black topics as September 11th, unwanted body hair and the Holocaust

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Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Sarah Silverman

Jun 6, 2006

$1.2M

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Not to everyone's taste but her legions of internet fans won't be disappointed. Anyone who can come up with a line like 'I don't care if you think I'm a racist, I just want you to think I'm thin,' is okay in our books.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I wouldn't take my mother, but this stand-up movie is pretty funny.

December 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Silverman comes across as a racist, callous diva in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
Houston Chronicle
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As a concert film, Jesus Is Magic proves totally lacking in electricity, and for me, even the funnier lines produced only chuckles.

December 9, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Jesus Is Magic is the second part of the title of comic Sarah Silverman's very funny, very wrong movie, which weaves wacky musical numbers and odd backstage moments with an L.A. performance of her one-woman show.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Silverman's abrasive material is funny because her approach is friendly.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's a brutally disappointing and unfunny movie for such a hilarious woman.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Silverman's full-on approach works because she unflinchingly examines these themes with a disarming sweetness.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Her comic persona is that of a clueless and politically incorrect hipster who says terrible things without being aware of their shock value. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

By the end you'll feel like a bored parent trapped in the front row of the school play.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Ultimately, it's difficult to resist...especially when she comes out with lines like: "I don't care if you think I'm racist - I just want you to think I'm thin."

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Skip this one and check Sarah Silverman out on stage for real.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK
IGN Movies UK

Her high-wire stage performance is unmissable all the same, particularly when she's taking aim at such untouchable sacred cows as Martin Luther King. "They only mention the good stuff! He was a litterbug."

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Bad-taste material, delivered with an insouciance that looks easy until you see lesser comics trying it, is what she does best: killer gags about seven-year-old lesbians and Jews killing Jesus.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Hit'n'miss gags that target 9/11, rape, the Holocaust and Aids ("If God gives you Aids, I say, 'Make Lemon-Aids'!") prove that Silverman is a gifted performer but that sometimes busting taboos isn't enough in itself.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It's uneven and the relationship between your sense of taste and your sense of humour will determine whether you enjoy it, but at its best, Jesus Is Magic doesn't look out of place alongside the best stand-up concert movies.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The wit, the smile, the rape and holocaust jokes, they all tie together in a lovely, compelling little package called Sarah.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

There is a healthy release to be had in this address of our shared, so-often-facile Hallmark-card reverence. Humor can be the best weapon after all.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Silverman fails at what she does not because she says dirty things, but because that's all she says, and she's not very good at it.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

Silverman's raunchy pretend comedy act can't sustain its energy and humor.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A montagem é caótica e as seqüências extra-palco são, em sua maioria, fraquíssimas. Ainda assim, a forma aparentemente inocente com que Silverman interpreta seu texto politicamente incorreto compensam estas falhas.

April 26, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Here, in her own vehicle, Silverman veers from the faux-naive mockery of minorities into an oncoming collision with white liberal guilt and condescension . . . stand-up [that] makes you sit and think.

April 6, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Whether you think it's awesome or awful, there's no denying that 'Jesus is Magic' is sheer Silverman, a portrait of the artist as a young maniac.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Silverman is clearly in the line of such fearless comedy forebears as Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. As she says at the end of this mostly hilarious movie, 'I don't care if you think I'm racist. I just want you to think I'm thin.'

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

... her jokes ... are often obliteratingly funny in themselves, they are compounded and deepened by the disconnect between the blackness of their substance and the pretty mouth that utters them

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

Sarah Silverman: Who cares? Different religions. I guess the only time it's an issue I suppose would be if you're having a baby, you have to figure out how you want to raise your baby or whatever, which still would not be an issue for us. Because you know, we'd just be honest, and say "Mommy is one of the chosen people, and Daddy believes that Jesus is magic."

A strangely edited concert film showcasing Sarah Silverman. One's enjoyment of Silverman as a comedian is certainly going to be the deciding factor here. I am on an OK level with her work as a comedian. I can appreciate her balance between being edgy and borderline racist and I do like how very deliberate she is with her choice of words, pauses on stage, and throwaway one-liners.

This film is kind of messy. There is a very unfunny framing device, musical numbers that are OK, and the majority of the film is one particular stand-up session. I never found anything really laugh out loud hilarious, but it was often humorous and a good look at what Silverman has to offer as a comedian.

Ok film if you like her style.

Sarah Silverman: When God gives you AIDS - and God does give you AIDS, by the way - make lemonAIDS.
November 15, 2009
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

If you took away all the musical numbers than this could have been a lot better.
December 28, 2008
Godless

Super Reviewer

I'm not sure if Silverman is an edgy genius or an intensely irritating attention seeking egotist. A bit like Robin Williams. She undoubtedly has no fear and pricks your conceptions on all the taboos. Her relentless desire to shock does get a little wearing though.
November 15, 2008
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Gordon A

Super Reviewer

The comedy sequences were funny in that really inappropriate way, which is Silverman's schtick. The musical numbers were really annoying. What it comes down to is you either really like Sarah Silverman or you hate her guts. If you hate her, don't bother.
February 26, 2007
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