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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.

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Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology-whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities-shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. One of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary highlights the Church's origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. Going Clear is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation, and lust for power. (C) HBOmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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On DVD: Oct 6, 2015
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Critic Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (21)

It's not a sense of outrage that viewers are left with. It's sadness.

Full Review… | September 4, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An indispensable general history of the enduringly controversial church.

Full Review… | April 25, 2016
People Magazine

...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

For those who know almost nothing about the sinister side of Scientology-presuming there is any other side than the sinister side-Going Clear will be a terrific revelation.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
In These Times

The film is a harrowing one, yet incomplete and one-sided, as is the nature of any film in which a secretive organization seeks to control the narrative.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue.

Full Review… | February 19, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

½

An appalling and terrifying documentary that exposes the horrific truth behind this abusive cult created by a ridiculously delusional man who discovered the most ingenious way to brainwash so many incredibly stupid people into becoming willing prisoners of his lucrative sham.

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Carlos Magalh„es

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½

Scientology is a supposed religion, and a topic that is often mocked for its philosophy, demonized for its tactics, and written off for its immobility. What many people are unaware of is that this theoretical religion is actually much more powerful than you would be led to believe.

Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/8/going-clear

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Spencer S.

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An arresting, disturbing documentary on the Church of Scientology told by former members who decided to leave at different points in time for various reasons. This is an interesting perspective for a documentary concerning the subject of religion, especially one that is so prevalent in Hollywood. The filmmakers do an excellent job collecting many different stories and viewpoints from those they speak to, and the result is a horrifying exercise of religious exploitation of power. The manipulation and abuse that infects this religion is very concerning, and it will be especially fascinating to watch the public's response to this movie once more people get the opportunity to watch it.

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Dan Schultz

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