My Scientology Movie

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My Scientology Movie offers a personal perspective on the controversial religion whose lack of investigative depth is more than balanced out by its sense of humor and all-around entertainment value.

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'I find that the most inexplicable behavior is motivated by very relateable human impulses,' comments Louis Theroux as he heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary, in collaboration with director John Dower and double Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn, exploring the Church of Scientology. Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won't take no for an answer when his requests to enter the Church's headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church's use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.

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  • My Scientology Movie, the newest film by the British documentarian Louis Theroux, vibrates with effort-with machinations and stunts and stitch ups that all seem intent on producing an "aha" moment that remains tantalizingly out of reach.

    Jun 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • New look at well-charted territory adds just enough to justify its existence.

    Mar 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • One of the best documentaries of the year.

    Mar 10, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • While My Scientology Movie provides a very entertaining tour of some of the questions that swirl around Scientology, viewers who've followed the story through the years will find little that's new or unexpected.

    Mar 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Theroux raises troubling questions about psychological warfare and how devoutness shades into fanaticism.

    Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • At times it plays like an extended skit on "The Daily Show"; yet its disorder also makes its insights - like how strongly the church's training sessions resemble acting classes - feel refreshingly organic.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Scientology Movie

  • Mar 03, 2017
    It's well made, but due to the secrecy of the church, we know no more about it by the end of the documentary.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    I love Louis's documentaries, but this one is a dud that goes nowhere. Maybe if you have absolutely no knowledge of Scientology, you could learn something, but I've read quite a few books about it, and this had nothing new to say. It's not entirely Louis's fault- he was never going to be able to get information. The movie within a movie was pointless too, but I guess it was to pad out the little he had to work with.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2016
    Covers a slightly different path than Going Clear but really keeps you on the edge with intelligence. I honestly thought this might not suit me but this cult has unlimited wealth to topple most of their opponents. Everybody should be watching this just like going clear.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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