Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Reviews

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Tim Arthur
Time Out
August 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 15, 2005
I wouldn't take my mother, but this stand-up movie is pretty funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 9, 2005
Silverman comes across as a racist, callous diva in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 9, 2005
As a concert film, Jesus Is Magic proves totally lacking in electricity, and for me, even the funnier lines produced only chuckles.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 6, 2005
Silverman's abrasive material is funny because her approach is friendly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 2, 2005
Jesus Is Magic may be a bit too much for anyone but the most hardcore Silverman fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 2, 2005
If you can stand the profanity, the crudeness, and the merciless strafing of all things noble and sacrosanct, then you'll find yourself huddled over in a painful ball of nonstop guffaws.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 2, 2005
Jesus Is Magic manages to push hot buttons with a deceptively tender caress.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 1, 2005
There are a number of wonderfully wicked lines, but overall the movie feels slack and self-indulgent, more of a decent HBO special that's being asked to do more than it can.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 23, 2005
Yes, it's sick. Yes, it's funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 18, 2005
What she can do is make you laugh your tonsils out. The fact that she shouldn't be saying those things and you shouldn't be laughing at them makes it even more deliciously painful.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 18, 2005
Her material is funny, original, occasionally poignant and almost all of it too dirty to repeat in a newspaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 15, 2005
The movie lures us into that forbidden garden where the funniest things are precisely the things we're not supposed to laugh at, only to yank us out of that paradise and draw our attention to the things it desperately wants us to laugh at.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 14, 2005
Sarah Silverman is a brilliant comic.
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November 11, 2005
Silverman's onstage persona might be limited, but it's endlessly resonant.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 11, 2005
In the realm of confrontational comedy, Silverman is queen bee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 11, 2005
The comedian and her director, Liam Lynch, have framed about an hour's worth of concert footage with bogus backstage scenes to pad this out to feature length.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 11, 2005
For her first concert film, comedian Sarah Silverman trots out about 40 minutes' worth of her best stand-up material and pads the rest with an assortment of ill-conceived and unfunny skits and musical numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2005
Those musical interludes interrupt the flow of Silverman's carefully pitched act just as distractingly as the heckling of a drunken patron.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2005
A movie that filled me with an urgent desire to see Sarah Silverman in a different movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2005
She makes fun of bigotry by pretending to be a bigot; hypocrisy by pretending to be a hypocrite; and stupidity by pretending to be dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 10, 2005
Sarah Silverman is a skilled performer, and Jesus Is Magic is occasionally very funny, but don't be fooled: naughty as she may seem, she's playing it safe.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
November 10, 2005
Silverman throws her carefully crafted persona a proper, and hilarious, coming-out party.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 10, 2005
The key to her delivery is about sly surprise, a 'did-she-really-say-what-I-think-she just-said' technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
November 10, 2005
It's a full-throttle assault on sacred cows and social propriety, issued from a slyly molded persona of white-girl privilege and cocksure ignorance.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2005
When she's on, Silverman, with her willingness to say anything, can be liberating: a bomb-tossing jester in the blasphemous-and-proud-of-it tradition of Lenny Bruce and Howard Stern.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 8, 2005
Sarah Silverman's cartoon bunny rabbit smile could make her the poster child for orthodontia, but it's her timing that's the real thing of beauty.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 3, 2005
Sarah Silverman is the most outrageously funny woman alive.
| Original Score: 3/4