Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 20 out of 29
  1. 38
    Relentlessly dopey and vulgar.
  2. 35
    Black, who is creatively marooned in the thankless Chris Farley fat-boy role, deserve better, and so do we.
  3. 25
    The movie drags down everyone involved, regardless of their apparent talent.
  4. 25
    The timing is off, the gags lame, the twists predictable, the crudity rampant and unamusing.
  5. Screenwriters look to many sources for inspiration. In the case of Saving Silverman, they looked behind them, and liked what they saw.
  6. 25
    Not just stupid, but brain dead.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The kind of comedy that takes the fun out of stupidity.
  8. 25
    A grating experience from start to finish.
  9. Every movie Dugan releases looks like something made on accident--tosses yet another stink bomb into theaters for audiences to sniff over.
  10. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Misbegotten, unimaginative buddy pic.
  13. Let's accentuate the positive: Saving Silverman really stinks. No, really. It's bad. Awful.
  14. 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.
  15. Just when the story reaches its idiotic nadir, Neil (Diamond) shows up to save the day with a song and a smile.
  16. 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.
  17. The movie can barely muster the bravery to be even "Dude, Where's My Car" stoopid.
  18. 0
    Reaches toward new heights of comic laziness and succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations.
  19. 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.
  20. 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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. JustinS.
    Aug 22, 2008
    Critics don't know good movies if it showed up at their front door. This movie rocks and is hilarious.
  2. Sep 1, 2014
    Yikes! Despite a charming Amanda Peet, the film lacks in plot and god-awful acting. Ahem, Jason Biggs, et cetera. Neil Diamond can't possibly approve of this filth? Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    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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