Religulous Reviews

  • 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

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