“A Fascinating Dose Of Skepticism”
“I'm Not Goanna Lie, But I Laughed!”
“Jesus Is Coming. Look Busy!”
“Bill Maher Is The Funniest Atheist Alive”
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Religulous is a film that aims for laughs, not a scientific survey of the roots of faith.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Shooting fish in a barrel is the order of the day in comedian Bill Maher's faintly tiresome attack on religion.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Neely Tucker - Washington Post
As an exchange of ideas, this is a hopeless project, since Maher's doubt is as immovable as his interviewees' certainty.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Religulous doesn't really go anywhere. It's ultimately a celebration of the old-time religion we call entertainment.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A provocation, thinly disguised as a documentary, that succeeds in being almost as funny as it is offensive.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Many may laugh, and many will surely be offended, but nothing here bridges the gap between those two reactions.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Funny as it is, Religulous is too much an exercise in preaching to the happily nonconverted. You others be damned. Sound familiar?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Religulous has an unholy fervor that should start many bonfires.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Maher's antireligion documentary, Religulous, has numerous blasts of raucous humor amid passages that feel like a screed.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Really funny and well-made.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Maher isn't unfair. Simply restating religious tenets to believers amounts to ridiculing them, but so be it.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Fearless as a fatwa and subtle as a Second Coming, Religulous is a revelation.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
[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?
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
[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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An often hilarious but relentlessly shallow attack on religious fundamentalism by humorist Bill Maher.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Bill Maher would have been burned at the stake if his hellishly hilarious and surprisingly thoughtful satire on organized religion had played the Inquisition.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Bill Maher admittedly dresses a one-sided anti-religion diatribe in documentary linens and the hypocrites he finds make great punchlines. But he also addresses the historically proven truth of faith perverted for power and the danger posed to us all.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
So if you are not already on-side with [Maher's] particular leanings, the pickings in Religulous are very slim indeed.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Borat/Bruno meets Michael Moore in this funny and thought provoking attack on religion.
Dov Kornits - FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
The Passion of the Maher
Rob Nelson - minnpost.com
Instead of confronting real problems radiating from the world's major religions Mr. Maher and Mr. Charles opt for Borat redux, making fun of silly little yokels.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Ever the clever quipper, Bill Maher tackles religious dogma and ritual%u2013and Bibles tales%u2013in this documentary of irreverence. The film is witty and pointedly critical%u2013but it's no revelation.
Jennifer Merin - About.com
Ultimately, the movie is an impotent howl into the wind.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
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Gerald Peary - Boston Phoenix
Wants to be a wakeup call in a room where the people are willing to sleep just a little too deeply.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
I'm all for a documentary about the mass hysteria of our warring creeds, but stand-up satirist Bill Maher turns out to be the wrong man to make it.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
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.
Cosmo Landesman - Times [UK]
Often funny, frequently unfair, mostly simplistic, at times offensively unethical and ultimately limited.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
That's the trouble with Religulous -it is funny but never very acute.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A refreshingly courageous and long overdue lecture that is equally enlightening, entertaining and provocative.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
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.
- Little White Lies
Smart, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine