Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

2015

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Critics 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) HBO

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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (28)

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

    Sep 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In which the world's most dauntless documentary-maker takes on the world's most litigious religion (we'd call it a cult but we don't want to get sued).

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Confirms all negative inklings you may have about this purportedly shady organisation.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Alas, Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is merely a competent and informative documentary, a snappy collation of everything you've already heard and read about L Ron Hubbard's dubious money-spinning, ahem, "religion".

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Even if half of Gibney's film was to be considered tainted, the work of people who have scores to settle, it would be hard to dismiss. They can't all be liars.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Gibney ... has a gift for showing the workings of complex social systems, and he lays things out clearly and in a well-aced fashion ...

    May 8, 2015 | Full Review…

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