The Unbelievers

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The Unbelievers
The Unbelievers Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Gus Holwerda
Produced by Lawrence Krauss
Gus Holwerda
Luke Holwerda
Jason Spisak
Starring Richard Dawkins
Lawrence Krauss
Stephen Hawking
Cameron Diaz
Woody Allen
Penn Jillette
Ian McEwan
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Sam Harris
Music by Thomas Amason
Chris Henderson
Cinematography Luke Holwerda
Edited by Gus Holwerda
Black Chalk
Release date(s)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $14,400 [1]

The Unbelievers is a 2013 documentary film that follows Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they speak publicly around the globe about the importance of science and reason in the modern world, encouraging others to cast off religious and politically motivated approaches toward what they think to be important current issues. The film includes interviews with influential people and celebrities such as Stephen Hawking, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Harris, Cameron Diaz, Woody Allen, Penn Jillette, Ian McEwan, and David Silverman.


The world premiere for The Unbelievers was on April 29, 2013 at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, and all four screenings of the film were sold out.[2][3][4]


"The Unbelievers" received mixed to negative critical reviews. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 44% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 9 reviews. There are too few reviews for the site to report a consensus.[5] Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 32 based on 7 reviews.[6] The film has fared better among viewers, garnering an average 4.0 out of 5.0 stars on iTunes and Amazon. [7] [8]


The Unbelievers features interviews with "celebrities and other influential people" who support the work of Dawkins and Krauss, including Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz, Stephen Hawking, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Werner Herzog, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard, Ian McEwan, Adam Savage, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Penn Jillette, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, James Randi, Cormac McCarthy, Paul Provenza, James Morrison, Michael Shermer, and David Silverman.[9]


  1. ^ The Unbelievers (2013) - Weekly Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Hot Docs | Film : Title : Unbelievers
  3. ^ Lawrence Krauss
  4. ^ The Unbelievers - What are you willing to believe?
  5. ^ "The Unbelievers (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Metacritic, "The Unbelievers". Accessed June 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Amazon, "[1]". Accessed July 16, 2014.
  8. ^ iTunes, "[2]". Accessed July 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Info section". 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 

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