Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Reviews

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April 5, 2019
Going Clear offers gossipy elements... but its power is in the accumulated evidence of so many voices.
November 11, 2018
A compelling documentary which doesn't need to work too hard to out the sheer absurdity and 'Emperor's New Clothes' air that hangs over the whole Scientology movement.
August 2, 2017
The picture it manages to assemble packs such a punch that it gives new meaning to "going clear." Jaw-dropping, indeed.
May 2, 2017
Gibney makes another attempt to hole and sink [Scientology]. Hooray for him.
March 27, 2017
Amongst a field of analysis which examines Scientology as a cabal of rich wackos gone wild on the taxpayer's dime, Going Clear thrives.
July 10, 2016
It's a grand history lesson, and an impressively vigorous op-ed; but is it cinema? Reader, I do not wish to say that it is.
May 30, 2016
Gibney boils it down with skill, his cutting, construction, graphics, and score smoothly and seductively encapsulating Scientology's appeal.
April 25, 2016
An indispensable general history of the enduringly controversial church.
April 15, 2016
...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue.
April 6, 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.
February 23, 2016
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.
February 19, 2016
...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue.
January 20, 2016
Most viewers will likely have personal bug-bears about wishing more time was spent on specific moments, but this is a broad and effective piece of work that will make your eyes pop and your stomach churn.
January 1, 2016
Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney wrote, directed, produced and narrated the sometimes astonishing HBO production, Going Clear.
December 23, 2015
This is a shocking, well documented expose of scientology, it's teachings and practices, especially its history of retaliation against whistleblowers.
December 21, 2015
The film grips utterly for its two hours and sets forth nothing less than a polemic on the dangers of religious extremism.
December 14, 2015
Director Alex Gibney methodically pieces together extensive interviews with those who were once senior members of the church to get to the bottom of the group's modus operandi.
November 20, 2015
The creep factor here is the old, musty variety that comes from old furniture and plastic flowers, funeral homes and yellow-toothed youth pastors, and it all stems directly from L. Ron Hubbard's ghostly presence in the film through archival material.
October 28, 2015
Informative - and frequently worrying - although not particularly cinematic.
September 24, 2015
The heart of the documentary centers on alleged physical abuse of church members, with some of them being placed in a facility known as "the hole" and made to participate in humiliating disciplinary games.
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