Religulous

Religulous

Religulous

Larry Charles, director of Borat as well as highly notable episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld, turns his eye to the R-word. Religion. Your host: American comic Bill Maher.

A supermarket isle of organised religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, TV evangelism and Scientology (apparently skipping Hinduism and Buddhism, strangely) are drawn into the crosshairs. Bill Maher's a disbeliever and sets out across the globe to see what's cooking for religion's followers.

2008101 minsUSAEnglish, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Spanish with English subtitles
ComedyDocumentary
Director:
Larry Charles ('Borat', tv's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Entourage', 'Seinfeld')
Writer:
Bill Maher
Cast:
Bill Maher

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Religulous / Reviews

Variety

Variety

To the film's credit, Maher never engages in Michael Moore-style gotcha tactics, but rather asks questions that raise more questions, in the form of a Socratic dialogue. To believers expecting a blind hatchet job, this will prove both thought-provoking and a bit disarming; skeptics may be surprised (as Maher is) by the occasionally smart replies to his queries.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Much of Mr. Maher's film is extremely funny in a similarly irreverent, offhanded way. Some true believers -- at least those who have a sense of humor about their faith -- may even be amused. But most will not.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

You may very well hate it, but at least you've been informed. Perhaps you could enjoy the material about other religions, and tune out when yours is being discussed. That's only human nature.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Though he claims to be a seeker, someone who "has to find out" why believers believe, Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

By focusing so narrowly on religious fundamentalists and bigots while ignoring any spiritual dimension to religion, the film is not only being disingenuous but limits its audience to non-believers.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It’s a rare film that can simultaneously crack you up and send a chill down your spine. Worth seeing — even for believers.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

This film needed to be made. The only trouble is, while it's easy for avowed atheists and cynics like me to laugh along as Maher takes his pot shots at the side of the barn, we know that the people who might actually learn something from this film - like those poor bloody Bible-belt teens being dragged off to "creation museums" every weekend - are never even going to know that Religulous exists. Talk about preaching to the unconverted.

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