Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 20 out of 29
  1. 70
    I was laughing myself sick over Saving Silverman, a sublimely idiotic farce in the "There's Something About Mary" tradition.
  2. Yes, it's stupid. But sometimes it's stupid with a capital S, and it's in those moments of transcendent idiocy that you can't help liking Saving Silverman. At least, a little bit.
  3. 60
    This is harmless stuff, and sometimes it's actually pretty funny, too.
  4. 60
    It's doubtful that the haste with which two actors of the same sex break away from a kiss in this comedy was in the script, but otherwise everybody stays in character, which is impressive given the manic range of some of the roles and the comic monotony of others.
  5. A standard-issue numskull comedy that aims low but is high in energy.
  6. It's basically a cheerful slob job, one of those slapped-together features so often embraced by teenagers with more disposable income than discernible taste.
  7. The film is a shapeless mess and about as convincing as a cartoon, the usual mix of slapstick, doofus humor and raunchy sex jokes lacking even the bite or attitude to make it adventurous.
  8. 40
    A sharp-dumb, jack- and goof-off affair.
  9. 38
    Relentlessly dopey and vulgar.
  10. 35
    Black, who is creatively marooned in the thankless Chris Farley fat-boy role, deserve better, and so do we.
  11. 25
    The movie drags down everyone involved, regardless of their apparent talent.
  12. 25
    The timing is off, the gags lame, the twists predictable, the crudity rampant and unamusing.
  13. Screenwriters look to many sources for inspiration. In the case of Saving Silverman, they looked behind them, and liked what they saw.
  14. 25
    Not just stupid, but brain dead.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    The kind of comedy that takes the fun out of stupidity.
  16. 25
    A grating experience from start to finish.
  17. Every movie Dugan releases looks like something made on accident--tosses yet another stink bomb into theaters for audiences to sniff over.
  18. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    20
    Chaotic, peurile, loaded with sniggering commentary and obsessed with breasts, Saving Silverman is like a 90-minute walk through a 13-year-old boy's head.
  19. Does occasionally rise out of the sewer of its self-imposed idiocy, ascending in brief moments from utter witlessness to half-witlessness, mostly thanks to the loose comic byplay between Mr. Black and Mr. Zahn.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    20
    Misbegotten, unimaginative buddy pic.
  21. Let's accentuate the positive: Saving Silverman really stinks. No, really. It's bad. Awful.
  22. 12
    So bad in so many different ways that perhaps you should see it, as an example of the lowest slopes of the bell-shaped curve.
  23. Just when the story reaches its idiotic nadir, Neil (Diamond) shows up to save the day with a song and a smile.
  24. 10
    Peet is always worth watching, but the role does her no favors, and the script, involving a kidnapping and a surprise cameo by Neil Diamond - you heard me - smacks of desperation beyond saving.
  25. The movie can barely muster the bravery to be even "Dude, Where's My Car" stoopid.
  26. 0
    Reaches toward new heights of comic laziness and succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations.
  27. In one rotten production -- all involved have managed to create the most unlikable, man hating, woman hating, unfunny idiots since ''Whipped'' ended up on worst movie lists last year.
  28. One thing the makers of Saving Silverman do not have to worry about: Hannibal Lecter will never visit them to eat their brains. That is because they have no brains.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Jun 7, 2012
    10
    It's so very sad that the critics of 2001 didn't have the insight to appreciate this movie.

    If you don't understand the characters you don't
    understand human psychology.
    If you can't laugh at this movie, you aren't human.
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