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Religulous is funny and offensive in equal measure, and aims less to change hearts and minds than to inspire conversation.



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This documentary follows political humorist and author Bill Maher as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. Known for his analytical skills, wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusual spiritual journey.

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  • Rather disconcertingly, the film builds towards a vision of the apocalypse, the destructive fate that religious conflicts have in store for us -- a version of the future any hellfire preacher would be proud of.

    Dec 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maher has gone for easy targets. He comes up with the odd funny gag, but you get the feeling that he is as dogmatic about his doubt as the believers are about their faith.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It was much more thought-provoking than I was expecting, but his blatant bias made me feel that he was no less a fundamentalist than the religious people he was criticising.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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  • Over-extended but nonetheless thought provoking and humorous documentary.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Maher crucifies the kooks. What he singularly fails to do, though, is engage with anyone sensible. By mocking the loonies he squanders the precious high ground. A real pity.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Shooting fish in a barrel is the order of the day in comedian Bill Maher's faintly tiresome attack on religion.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Religulous

  • Mar 02, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2013
    Bill Maher: It's like the lotto. "You can't get saved if you don't play." "Heaven help us." Religulous is an opinion film at its core. This is a movie where one man, Bill Maher goes around talking to religious cooks and church members, which allows him to try to refute all their beliefs and instead pass on his opinion of religion. For a lot of people this technique really wouldn't work for a documentary. If your opinion doesn't hold much weight then your film will fall because of that. This isn't the case with Bill Maher and Religulous. The reason: because Bill's opinion's are backed up with solid ideas to back them up.  This isn't a movie that someone who is very religious should be seeing because you won't enjoy it and you know that going in. However, if you're an atheist, there will be a much greater chance you love this, because a lot of the same reasons you are an atheist are Bill's too. Then there are the people like me(Bill included in this group), that aren't religious at all and fail to ever become religious because there are way too many unanswered questions and absolutely no facts or proof. In the end, all these holy books seem to be are stories and most of the early religions stories are pretty damn similar.  This really is a movie that I enjoyed more than my score of it indicates. I'm giving it a good, but not great rating, because it fails to become anything more than just an opinion film. If I were to rate this on how entertained I was and how much I enjoyed it, I would be able to give it a much higher rating. As far as a recommendation would go, I would give it a mild one. This isn't a film I'd recommend to my grandma or father, but to friends who do think alike, I would. In the end though, it should be pretty easy to decide if this is a film for you. Are you religious? If yes, pass on it. If no, give it a look. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2012
    Although thought/ conversation provoking, the documentary removes almost all of its interest, value and authority through its smug, cynical interviews of hand picked idiots and fanatics, snidely (and quickly predictably) cut together to maximise point and laugh value... and Maher's ego. In short- not doing at all enough justice to an always fascinating and controversial topic.
    Louis R Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2012
    Comedian Bill Maher takes a close look at religion in this very funny, but thought provoking documentary. Religion is a subject that is very controversial, and eye opening. I am a big fan of Bill Maher, thus I had to check out this film. The result is a flawed, but nonetheless entertaining documentary. The film uses comedy with fact, and it's pretty impressive. There are things that could have been improved, but for the most part, Maher gets the point across. Religulous is a good flick to watch, one that should be seen by people who have doubts about their own beliefs. Although not the definitive documentary on religion, Religulous is still a must see. The debate of religion has been going on for many years; this film may help you make a decision on your own faith. No matter your religious convictions, Religuous is a funny film from start to finish. If you're a Bill Maher fan, then give this film a viewing. This film generates effective laughs, but also demands you ask yourself important questions. This is a great film, one that brings debate to an old idea that quite frankly needs to be addressed. I very much enjoyed the film, thought it was entertaining and fun, even if it's flawed, the documentary does manage to get the point across. Bill Maher brings the questions and supplies the laughs; even if you believe in religion, this is worth watching.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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