Making it clear: I'm an atheist. And this movie offends me intellectually. The premise of the movie seems to be that religion is absurd. But instead of taking down the most powerful (in terms of influence) of religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam and also Buddhism, Hinduism, at least), they pick some fanatics and eccentrics and make fun of them. What is that? Does that represent religion at all? That is ridiculous.
Despite the fact I pretty much agree with Maher's position, this is a terrible documentary. It is very easy to mock religion (often it mocks itself without realising) so to base a whole documentary on it automatically makes it impotent of any value.
If atheists really want to make a documentary, they should make one pointing out the gaping holes in the theist's primary arguments.
Is Bill Maher the latest Comedic "documentary" filmmaker to attract a blind following? I have never been religious and this film still disgusts me. I also find that fact that it has ANY fans incredibly worrying. He takes a lot of cheap shots towards the end of the film, is incredibly childish when talking to that rabbi, and claims he's not religious yet whinges about some Jewish holy spot.
Would like to give it one star but I did laugh a couple of times so I give it two. I'm not opposed to a movie that makes fun of religion or a movie critical of it with actual intelligent arguments, but this movie wants to be both. The only real arguments against religion were typed on the screen or said by Bill after the interview. That's pretty pathetic.
As an atheist, I feel probably more embarrassed that Bill Maher represents my views than religious people do about Jerry Falwell or Osama Bin Laden representing theirs. Style over substance nonsense'; made for neckbeards to feel smug and applaud themselves for being so clever.