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

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) HBO

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Critic Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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

September 4, 2015 | 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…

You couldn't call Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief entertaining, exactly, but it is absolutely riveting.

May 7, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While he doesn't really uncover much that's new in "Going Clear," the way he's collected and assembled testimonials, documents and archival footage creates a cumulative effect that's chilling.

April 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Whether you come away seeing Scientology as a cult that ensnares vulnerable people or as a faith of self-empowerment, the film leaves a terrible taste of too much information. This must be its point, but take heed just the same.

April 3, 2015 | Full Review…

There is order and selection, of course - to say that this is storytelling is not to impugn its parts - but much of what he has to show you is remarkable in or out of this context.

April 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

The definitive documentary on what is really going on within Scientology's closed doors. A fascinating eye opener.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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