'Religulous' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Religulous is a film that aims for laughs, not a scientific survey of the roots of faith.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Shooting fish in a barrel is the order of the day in comedian Bill Maher's faintly tiresome attack on religion.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Neely Tucker Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    As an exchange of ideas, this is a hopeless project, since Maher's doubt is as immovable as his interviewees' certainty.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Religulous doesn't really go anywhere. It's ultimately a celebration of the old-time religion we call entertainment.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A provocation, thinly disguised as a documentary, that succeeds in being almost as funny as it is offensive.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    Many may laugh, and many will surely be offended, but nothing here bridges the gap between those two reactions.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Funny as it is, Religulous is too much an exercise in preaching to the happily nonconverted. You others be damned. Sound familiar?
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Religulous has an unholy fervor that should start many bonfires.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    70
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Maher's antireligion documentary, Religulous, has numerous blasts of raucous humor amid passages that feel like a screed.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Really funny and well-made.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Maher isn't unfair. Simply restating religious tenets to believers amounts to ridiculing them, but so be it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Fearless as a fatwa and subtle as a Second Coming, Religulous is a revelation.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    [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 » 6 years ago
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