Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 80
    For all its shock-driven, laugh-out-loud moments, what makes Jesus so entertaining is that it puts you in the presence of a dementedly sharp mind -- one that understands that leftist subversion doesn't have to coddle or breast-feed the choir.
  2. What makes Silverman a truly gifted comic is her timing and delivery.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It has its own explosively twisted originality. It's a geyser of exhilarating tastelessness.
  4. She is so funny she should come with a seven-day waiting period.
  5. 75
    Sarah Silverman is the most outrageously funny woman alive.
  6. Pairing monumental insensitivity with a bright-eyed delivery, Silverman is the current valedictorian of the nothing-is-sacred school of comedy, a modern-day Lenny Bruce spared her forefather's legal woes by time, breasts and porcelain skin.
  7. Silverman is wickedly fast. Her timing kills.
  8. Funny, original, occasionally poignant and almost all of it too dirty to repeat in a newspaper.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    She has been compared to Lenny Bruce because of her incendiary topics, but Silverman's style, capitalizing on her innocent smile and good looks, is her own.
  10. You see, in "Jesus Is Magic," Sarah Silverman plays "Sarah," a self-absorbed Jewish American Princess who also happens to be casually, cluelessly racist.
  11. Silverman is funny and, more often than not, so is the film.
  12. Sarah Silverman says things you wouldn't expect a nice, attractive Jewish girl to say. But that's only half her appeal.
  13. 70
    The picture consists mostly of performance footage of Silverman, which, despite the fact that it's shot on grainy, anemic-looking digital video, is a pleasure to watch.
  14. 70
    Though Silverman's edginess never quite crosses into social consequence, she's a brilliant craftswoman on stage, blessed with crack timing and an ability to massage each line to maximum effect.
  15. 70
    Sarah Silverman's cartoon bunny rabbit smile could make her the poster child for orthodontia, but it's her timing that's the real thing of beauty.
  16. 70
    It's the most exciting stand-up performance I've seen in years, yet in all honesty I can't say it made me laugh that much.
  17. If you're going to say the unsayable and stay charming while doing so, it helps to look more like Sarah Silverman than Andrew Dice Clay.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    How can such awful things come out of the mouth of such a pretty girl?
  19. 60
    Once you become accustomed to her material and begin to anticipate it, some of the shine comes off the act.
  20. Sarah Silverman has a bright, toothy smile; a sweet, innocent demeanor; and the most outrageously impious sense of humor of any comedian working today. And I don't just mean she's dirty. (She's filthy.) She makes fun of things other comedians wouldn't acknowledge, let alone mock.
  21. Ms. Silverman is a skilled performer, and Jesus Is Magic is occasionally very funny, but don't be fooled: naughty as she may seem, she's playing it safe.
  22. Definitely acquired-taste material and will perform best in the hipper, bigger rooms.
  23. On stage, the attractive 34-year-old Silverman is very funny. She's too blue for Comedy Central, and too slow-paced for an HBO hour, but she'd come off better in either of those formats than she does in this mishmash.
  24. 50
    Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic works best when this equal-opportunity offender is on the stage.
  25. The transitions from performance to song and to reality are strained and awkward.
  26. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic showcases the comic-actress in her familiar on-stage persona as a blithely self-involved Jewish American Princess whose penchant for perky vulgarity can be explosively funny or unnervingly shocking.
  27. 38
    A movie that filled me with an urgent desire to see Sarah Silverman in a different movie. I liked everything about it except the writing, the direction, the editing and the lack of a parent or adult guardian.
  28. The hot comic du jour wants to startle us but is merely startlingly dull.

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