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  • Summary: Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Dec 10, 2013
    63
    It ably captures the provocative open forums that Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss conduct, but its uneven nature occasionally dulls the effect of these intellectually stimulating conversations.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 28, 2013
    60
    Unbelievers' is a high-minded love fest between two deeply committed atheistic intellectuals and their rock star-like fan base.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 12, 2013
    60
    Holwerda’s film never bothers to conceal its fawning view of Dawkins and Krauss — or challenge their dogma. And there’s no need for empty celebrity cameos from fans like Cameron Diaz (“Knowledge is power,” she reveals).
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Dec 2, 2013
    30
    A study in the frustrating insufferableness of people you probably agree with.
  5. 25
    Anyone interested in the contemporary debate between atheists and religious believers will gain nothing of value from the documentary The Unbelievers.
  6. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Dec 6, 2013
    20
    While every moment is captured with the reverence of a fawning fan, Holwerda’s star-struck approach neglects to shed new light on his subjects or even showcase their greatest hits.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 12, 2013
    20
    Too slight to persuade, The Unbelievers is also too poorly made to entertain. The rational roots of atheism deserve a much better movie than this.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Dec 16, 2013
    10
    WOW!!! Rotten Tomatoes has almost 100% viewer freshness with 450 votes. Metacritic has it at 37. Anyone else smell some religious bias? If you care about intellectually stimulating topics like Evolution, Cosmology, Atheism, or if you just like Krauss and Dawkins, then you will be glad you saw this film. Very well made insiders view about two of the greatest minds of our generation. Expand
  2. May 23, 2014
    10
    *Spoiler alert* - This movie doesn't deserve a 0 rating. It might not be a film for everyone. And it's certainly not for the person who gave it a 0, and God's not dead a 10. Watch it for yourself and decide. These ratings mean nothing. Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    The Unbelievers is a fine little film. It warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye. Lawrence Krauss made me laugh aloud. Richard Dawkins made me think, as usual. See this movie.

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  4. Dec 20, 2013
    8
    Even though it is sometimes difficult to rate a documentary-like film, a 34 from the critics hints at religious bias. While it is a bit too short at 77 minutes, its intellectually-filled discussions have motivated me to give this an 8. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2014
    8
    I find it amusing that the debate between critics and users who have seen The Unbelievers seems to mirror the debate between atheism and religion itself. Divided and polar. The Unbelievers is not particularly amazing at presenting an argument that will will satisfy all the masses. But it does entertain. It is a fun movie to see with your atheist friends. You will laugh, you will cry. If you think Krauss and Dawkins are rock gods, then you will like it. If you already hate them, SURPRISE! you will hate this movie too. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2013
    7
    If one is looking for an hour and a half of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss engaged in debate with men of faith, trying to persuade and enlighten an audience as to the merits of atheism, go to youtube instead. This film is about process of chipping away at pervasive dogma that weakens mankind. It is about their unflinching commitment to pulling mankind's head out of the sand. Human intellectual evolution actually creeps at similarly slow pace as evolution itself. It is an honest recognition that we have scarcely breached the dark ages ourselves. Although this was not a technically brilliant documentary that will astonish and transform the audience, the film reveals Dawkins' and Krauss' passion for science and their pursuit of truth as the path to a better world. Expand
  7. May 10, 2014
    0
    Richard Dawkins, and his partner in crime, Lawrence Krauss explain why you shouldn't be an atheist in this documentary. This documentary is one huge circlejerk, convincing only to people who are atheists already. This alone, shows the invalidity of the two professors arguments. Valid arguments should sway the opposite crowd but Dawkins and Krauss only spread misinformation and create strawman arguments in their defense for atheism showing how it's not a rational position at all. Expand

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