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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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  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. 75
    Maher can be a smartass, but his attempts to apply reason to religion are more a challenge than a threat.
  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. Maher makes Michael Moore look incredibly likable in comparison.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    50
    The lack of insightful commentary keeps the spotlight focused on Maher. That's not restraint; it's a missed opportunity.
  7. Reviewed by: Neely Tucker
    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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  2. Negative: 12 out of 83
  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. JasonB.
    Oct 11, 2008
    9
    The movie was hilarious at many points, and these weren't from Maher jokes, they were from the actual religious people speaking their The movie was hilarious at many points, and these weren't from Maher jokes, they were from the actual religious people speaking their minds. They weren't funny because they were "stupid," they were funny because they were candid. If you've seen "Real Time with Bill Maher" you understand Maher's humor and where he's coming from. If you've also read "god is not Great" by Christopher Hitchens, you'll understand some of the arguments he's making (they are remarkably similar to those). I'd say it's not going to change any minds (since those who don't believe aren't planning to believe and those who believe don't really plan to stop) but it may at least give you a little bit of insight in to what the uncertain people think about religion. I have many of the same questions that Maher does about religion, and while his interviews were either poorly edited using multiple cameras or they were (obviously) cut to fit time constraints, there was never provided a straight answer. Perhaps when the DVD comes out, some of the interviews will be expanded and that can shine a little bit more light on the story. 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. JimG
    Oct 5, 2008
    6
    Maher is brave to take on such a touchy subject with humor. Unfortunately, while individual interviews hold interest and advance the point Maher is brave to take on such a touchy subject with humor. Unfortunately, while individual interviews hold interest and advance the point that "no one really knows" the ending gets muddled--it isn't clear that Maher even know how he wants to leave it. Lots of humor here, but Maher failed to address another important matter -- those who value mythology without fundamentalism. 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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