Religulous

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  • Summary: Religulous follows political humorist and author Bill Maher as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusualReligulous follows political humorist and author Bill Maher as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusual spiritual journey. (Lionsgate) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. He's a bombs-away provocateur, and in Religulous, Maher's blasphemous detonation of all things holy and scriptural, he doesn't really pretend to play fair. He's like Lenny Bruce with an inquiring mind and a video camera.
  2. What he 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Those with a taste for irreverent humor and clear-eyed analysis will find it funny, enlightening and disturbing.
  4. While even believers can support Maher's skepticism, when he denounces the faithful in sweeping absolutes at film's end, he sounds as absolutely certain as those he has mocked for the previous 100 minutes.
  5. 50
    Bill Maher's one-man stand-up attack on religious fundamentalism is a dog that has more bark than bite--a skeptical, secular-humanist hounding of the hypocrites, amusingly annotated with sarcastic subtitles and clips from cheesy biblical spectacles.
  6. Maher makes Michael Moore look incredibly likable in comparison.
  7. 30
    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 and that he doesn't understand that some thoughtful people actually do believe in some sort of spiritual life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85
  1. WillY.
    Oct 4, 2008
    10
    First, it's Maher (mah-er) not mayer. And it's not about whether or not religion is dumb, because it provides hope to thousands of First, it's Maher (mah-er) not mayer. And it's not about whether or not religion is dumb, because it provides hope to thousands of thousands of people each day, but he's saying you should realize that they don't mean it literally. It's not what he thinks, it's what you should realize. Expand
  2. TerriF.
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    Excellent! Wish this would play in mainstream theatres. This movie needs to be seen by everyone!
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    Since the only logical stance on any religious belief is Agnosticism I think Bill Maher nailed the point perfectly. Nobody has the answers!Since the only logical stance on any religious belief is Agnosticism I think Bill Maher nailed the point perfectly. Nobody has the answers! Everybody who believes they know what is right and will happen (philosophically) is totally deluded. This "documentary" simply points these facts out to the general populous... If you are deluded you will not like the movie. If you have an open mind and are Agnostic most likely you will enjoy the film. If you are an Atheist you might like it as well. (By the way Atheists are just as committed to their beliefs as religolites (made up word lol)). This was a funny and thought provoking film (only if you have a mind and thoughts...which precludes people who let their thoughts be dictated to them by zealots).
    OK you must get my drift by now...
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  4. KathleenC.
    Oct 11, 2008
    9
    "Religlou"s is a hilarious, truth-telling movie that asks people to look at religion and ask reasonable questions. It also shows the "Religlou"s is a hilarious, truth-telling movie that asks people to look at religion and ask reasonable questions. It also shows the similarities of different culture's myths. Most religious people don't know much about their own religions, they simply accept what they've been taught from childhood. I agree with Maher that religion has done more damage than good, and that ethics and morality are not necessarily tied to religious beliefs, and are often diametrically opposed. Rationalists of the world, unite! Expand
  5. BillC.
    Oct 11, 2008
    8
    There is a very vocal group of religious wacko's who hijacked the republican party over the past 20 years. They will hate this There is a very vocal group of religious wacko's who hijacked the republican party over the past 20 years. They will hate this film.Others with a willingness to be open minded about the world , should find it interesting. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2010
    6
    Lampooning religion isn't the most difficult thing to do, but with Bill Maher at the helm and use of fast-cut editing, the movie turns into aLampooning religion isn't the most difficult thing to do, but with Bill Maher at the helm and use of fast-cut editing, the movie turns into a joyride of blasphemy. Still, it's not perfect, and has the usual flaws of a sensationalist documentary (i.e. Maher only goes for the lowest common denominators to argue with, most of it is comical and lighthearted until the unexpected doomsday ending, etc.) Expand
  7. KenD.
    Oct 3, 2008
    0
    Wanted to see if it could possible as bad as the trailer looks? It is! Stay away at all cost. What a waste of time. Who cares what Mayer Wanted to see if it could possible as bad as the trailer looks? It is! Stay away at all cost. What a waste of time. Who cares what Mayer thinks anyway? Turkey of the year, if not a life time. Expand

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