Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Reviews

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September 4, 2015
It's not a sense of outrage that viewers are left with. It's sadness.
June 26, 2015
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).
June 26, 2015
Confirms all negative inklings you may have about this purportedly shady organisation.
June 25, 2015
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".
June 18, 2015
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.
May 8, 2015
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 7, 2015
You couldn't call Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief entertaining, exactly, but it is absolutely riveting.
April 6, 2015
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 3, 2015
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 2, 2015
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
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief... is at times jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny.
March 30, 2015
There is little breaking news in Going Clear, but the film is eye-opening for those who haven't seen past reports.
March 30, 2015
Director Alex Gibney's hauntingly effective Going Clear... suggests only trouble ahead for the frequently criticized and always strange Church of Scientology.
March 30, 2015
Even if you are familiar with the contours of the controversy over Scientology, Gibney's documentary... is worth watching, particularly for the personal stories of former members.
Top Critic
March 28, 2015
Going Clear is a heat-seeking missile that doesn't take long to find the heat.
March 27, 2015
By focusing on the powerful and damning stories of the church's most destructive practices, including the forced "disconnection" of members from family and friends, Gibney has made a forceful and memorable case.
March 23, 2015
Going Clear unpeels Scientology layer by layer via testimony from former high-level Church officials who have never spoken up before. The result is the most exciting - and disturbing - work of cinematic non-fiction in a long time.
March 17, 2015
For a group with property assets in the billions, it's a major piece of the puzzle, revealing a critical failing: For a religion with so much to give, why do they do so little for so few?
March 13, 2015
If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I'd complain that it's too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is mind-blowing, and as a documentary, it's disturbingly good.
March 13, 2015
Consider "Going Clear" an audit for the former leaders and most prominent members of the Church of Scientology, now willing to come forward and allege abuse, intimidation, and brainwashing.
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