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  • Summary: Directed by Liam Lynch, the film comprises Sarah Silverman's performance before a live audience interwoven with stylish musical numbers and backstage intrigue. (Roadside Attractions)
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. She is so funny she should come with a seven-day waiting period.
  3. Silverman is wickedly fast. Her timing kills.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    How can such awful things come out of the mouth of such a pretty girl?
  6. 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.
  7. The hot comic du jour wants to startle us but is merely startlingly dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. brette.
    Dec 28, 2006
    Wildly funny. sarah hits it out the park with the deliverance of her matieral.
  2. FrankC.
    Nov 9, 2005
    Although it is one of the most un-PC movies I've ever seen, Jesus is Magic is in fact, quite lovely. Parts seem drawn out, such as the beginning. But the pure comedic genuis more than makes up for it. If you enjoyed the Aristocrats, look forward to more Silverman goldmine. Expand
  3. Wolfer
    Jun 11, 2006
    I had difficulty breathing during this, because I laughed the entire time. Her timing and dry humor is unparalleled.
  4. C.B.Browne
    Nov 18, 2005
    Amazing stand-up. Musical numbers and sketches are disappointing.
  5. jesfine
    Nov 28, 2005
    Supposedely edgy stuff that shows moments of wit but over all , really isn't that funny and is of no real consequence. Found it to be rather predictable after a while. Didn't live up to expectations ... A hipsters delight. Go figure. Expand
  6. DavidR
    Nov 20, 2006
    Very, very hard to watch. Silverman pretending to be jewish is like Mencia pretending to be mexican. It's just not believable. The few times I did laugh were at the jokes that you had to think about. But instead of thinking about the jokes all I could think about is this woman is sleeping with Jimmy Kimmel. Not Adam Carolla but Jimmy Kimmel, an overweight prop comic who hosts a public access show at 4:00 in the morning. That alone left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Expand
  7. JoshC.
    Jan 23, 2007
    What Bruce did with obscenity and Mr. Pryor - especially in his first concert film - did with race was to find the outer boundary of the audience's tolerance and push beyond it, confronting and confusing the satisfied self-image of the liberal, sophisticated public. This kind of transgression has long since become ritualized and normalized, and Ms. Silverman's act is the latest evidence that mocking political correctness has become a form of political correctness in its own right. Her version of insult humor is actually flattering, both to herself and to those who find it funny. She depends on the assumption that only someone secure in his or her own lack of racism would dare to make, or to laugh at, a racist joke, the telling of which thus becomes a way of making fun simultaneously of racism and of racial hyper-sensitivity. (Like many young, otherwise deracinated Jewish comedians, Ms. Silverman falls back on her ethnic identity as a way of claiming ready-made outsider status.) Everything she says is delivered through enough layers of self-consciousness - air quotes wrapped in air quotes - to make anyone who finds it offensive look like a sucker. She even makes fun of the idea that she might be thought of as an "edgy" comedian. And indeed she isn't. Ms. Silverman is a gutless comic who is just playing it safe. Expand

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