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Religulous

2008 American documentary film written by and starring comedian Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles Website

Approval Rate: 88%

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    irishgit

    Wed May 26 2010

    Trivial and boring crap. Not because it attacks religion (and not just Christianity) but because it does it cheaply. Its no contest to have a professional comic interview an evident kook and make fun of them. The only point I got out of this was that there are some major league dumbasses who are deeply religious. Ok, I think we all know that, including many deeply religious folks. Next point please...

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    lena7358

    Wed May 26 2010

    Cheap shots on easy targets make for dull documentaries. Maher should know better from witnessing Michael Moore's nonsense. As an atheist, I'd prefer the argument for atheism be well-constructed and respectful. Religulous is not.

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    magneticd

    Wed May 26 2010

    I laughed at about 10% of this film, mainly the choices of interviewees. The best one was the truckstop preacher that claimed that he used to be a satanist, and that it was a paying job. How backwards is that? Shame on Bill Maher for going about this half-heartedly and not really coming out against religion. It's like watching someone from your home town playing in a chess tournament, and he has to ask what the pieces do. Bill Maher was too nice, too tolerant to people that wouldn't be tolerant to him, and failed in every way to point out the obvious. In many parts he failed even to question the silliness he encountered. The title is the best part of this movie.

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    lovinghim4ever

    Tue May 25 2010

    Below are the words of the Apostle Paul. He was writing to his (Spiritual) Son in the Lord, over 2,000 years ago but this pretty much sums up people like Bill Maher and this movie which he edited and rearranged so he could make Christians look like deranged idiots. Why was this movie even necessary? Someone should do a movie on all of the Christian Charities Missions and Hospitals around the globe. Where do they think Orphanages, the Red Cross, countless Charities like YMCA and Easter Seals as well as Hospitals like Good Samaritan and St. Jude originated from? Anti-Christians and most atheist bigots place a negative slant on anything pertaining to Jesus. This movie now featured on Showtime, does not even bash Islam or Muhammad. Bill probably was afraid he would be targeted, yet it is open season to slam Christians. Who does he think he is anyhow?? What has he done for this world that is so much better than Christianity but make a ton of money telling raunchy & obscene jokes? Wh... Read more

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    djahuti

    Sun Oct 25 2009

    Not nearly as funny or as informative as I'd hoped.Being somewhat of a connoisseur of religious beliefs,I found it pretty shallow.It seems Maher was so intent on poking fun,he only sought out the most silly or outrageous material he could find.I'm certainly not one to be offended by making fun of mainstream or fringe beliefs,but I found his rather juvenile approach annoying.Rather than making an intelligently funny case for athieism,he just came off as taking cheap shots.The few really interesting people he interviewed were given short shrift in favor of those he thought had more comedic value.I laughed little and learned nothing.

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    yehovah1921

    Wed Aug 26 2009

    Bill Maher should be ashame of himself. He cares nothing about anyone not even himself. He is sneaky, devilish and love to be called all these names. THe black preacher was a cold bloodied set up. He knew nothing about what was going on. And once these producers got through editing his words and changing scenes it was rediculous, If there is a real God He was not pleased and Bill Maher will someday pay for his deeds if he does not repent and turn to Jehovah.

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    llappy

    Fri Mar 20 2009

    I liked this movie, but why did I have to travel 30 miles to see it? Why wasn't it showing in my city of residence? Religion, that's why. The movie was funny, but had some serious moments. I understand that it was pitched to appeal to atheists that have a dry sense of humour. I can see why it wouldn't work for everyone. Predicting that the movie will eventually have a strong following...

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    genghisthehun

    Fri Feb 27 2009

    I actually watched this and if anyone takes it seriously, that is hilarious. Bill Maher has the historical, cultural and religious learning of a f*cking newt. Long after Maher is p*ssing in his diaper in a nursing home, the religions of the world will be rolling merrily along. People will die for a religious principle. That means something.

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    canadasucks

    Fri Feb 27 2009

    Not very good. Mockumentaries of this ilk tend to lose focus because the 'host' tends to commit a typical mistake- making his or herself the center of attention instead of the overwhelming issue at hand. Maher is funny at times and is smart, but this is just a vanity project gone awry. Making fun of dubya voters in an evangelical Disneyland? Too easy and no intellectual or philosophical value. Where were the scientists (okay there was one) the philosophers? The historians? Instead Maher picked on the hicks and those afraid of the dark from many corners of the globe. Don't waste my time telling me something I already know. This one reminded me of Al Gore's snoozefest of a movie- sometimes a good message is undone by the messenger. "Jesus Camp" is the real recent (and decent) look at zealots that could be located anywhere in the world right now. Maher picked a fight when he could have held a court of intellectuals.

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    frankswildyear_s

    Fri Feb 27 2009

    I haven't seen it and give it a 3 as a place holder only so that I can make the point that Maher is an unapologetic provacateur and I'd be surprised if he believes half of what he says - in general, not just this film. He has made a decent living at being contrary and controversial and rarely, in my experience, cares to be held account for what he may have said in the past. If I do eventually watch it (it's not on my short list) I'll come to account for any errors in the preceeding assessment.

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    automatt

    Fri Feb 27 2009

    Parts of this movie are laugh-out-loud funny. Maher is a comedian, and asks some very funny questions of some odd characters he encounters. All he does is ask questions. If your faith is so fragile that it can't handle a comedian asking questions, you probably shouldn't watch.

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    edt4226d

    Thu Feb 26 2009

    Overall, a scathing, frequently hilarious (and just as frequently depressing) indictment of worldwide religions, and their shared responsibility for the majority of bloodshed, war, repression, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, ignorance, barbarity, torture, misogyny, homophobia, and prejudice throughout mankind's recorded history. It's doubtful Maher will change anyone's mind on the subject-- religious people are likely to dismiss him as a bitter, blaspheming heathen, and those who would generally concur with what he has to say are already on the same page. It's not a perfect movie by any means. Maher spends too much time stating the obvious (standing in front of the Vatican, he says...and I paraphrase..."Would Jesus Christ have lived in a place this opulent?") or belittling people not really worthy of his withering contempt (the truckers in their makeshift chapel, for instance, may be deluded, they may be unintelligent fools, but they seem good natured and earnest enough, they don't see... Read more