Neely Tucker in the Washington Post. He likes it and he doesn’t:
Maher is clearly taking a page from Mark Twain, another doubter who launched himself to fame with “The Innocents Abroad,” a satire of a religious pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Like Twain, Maher travels and asks questions and has a scornful view of biblical curiosities like the aforementioned talking snake or the big fish that swallowed Jonah. He’s not nice to everyone he talks to, and when he targets the violent, homophobic and bigoted failings of religious excess, he is often laceratingly funny.
But one of the rules of satire is that you can’t mock things you don’t understand. Maybe another one should be that comedians shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. “Religulous” starts developing fault lines when it becomes clear that Maher’s view of religious faith is based on a sophomoric reading of the Scriptures (he ridicules people for reading the Bible literally, then proceeds to do exactly that). He can’t seem to comprehend that many people as smart as himself believe in some sort of divine Creator, even when they can’t answer all of life’s mysteries