My Scientology Movie Reviews
July 20, 2019
The somewhat aimless My Scientology Movie may be entertaining, but it's far from essential.
April 18, 2019
The lack of answers here is frustrating but understandable, and the journey to find them provides an entertaining look at the nature of power and belief.
March 21, 2019
My Scientology Movie isn't going to find much of an audience with Scientologists, but for the rest of us, it offers lessons on how to passively resist intimidation by individuals...
November 2, 2018
My Scientology Movie provides a laugh-filled surrealistic experience that suitably issues a complementary alternative to the more methodical documentary Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
February 9, 2018
As journalism, it's a goof, but the film uses a conceit that offers a curious consideration of the Church's theatrics.
December 20, 2017
Luckily, the Louis Theroux-led flick takes a unique direction and completely shatters our expectations.
November 23, 2017
It might not be a perfect documentary, but it gets us inside the Church, by hook or crook, and lets us examine what dark secrets they are hiding.
November 16, 2017
Unlike other documentaries about Scientology, this one is more like a character study of a few people making a movie than it is an examination of the Church of Scientology. It does explain some aspects of it, but not in the usual pedagogical way.
October 18, 2017
Things do get better, thanks to his (Louis Theroux's) legendary patience, his entertaining baiting of church members in their own lair, and his success in persuading a number of former church members to spill the beans.
August 17, 2017
While at times too caught up in his stunt-journalism conceit, [Louis] Theroux does uncover a particular Los Angeles kookiness beneath the world's most famous cult.
June 27, 2017
The doc as a whole struggles to advance the conversation about Scientology and its inner workings - especially in the wake of Going Clear - but it's an entertaining if confounding watch nonetheless.
June 16, 2017
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.
March 30, 2017
There's not a lot of shockingly new information per se, but watching Theroux filming covert Scientologists while they in turn film him, and so on, has its own sort of meta-charm.
March 24, 2017
He's not content to copy Alex Gibney, whose 2015 documentary [Going Clear] provides a stunning inside look at the religion... No, Dower is more of an entertainer, and he imbues his storytelling style with a somewhat lighter touch.
March 20, 2017
(Theroux) doesn't really get anywhere in his attempts to discuss and understand Scientology, but his exploration is nonetheless entertaining.
March 18, 2017
... on its small scale it is one of the most entertaining and fun documentary watches in years.
March 17, 2017
Despite the disingenuous premise, the movie stands as an entertaining and alarming companion to Gibney's more comprehensive Going Clear (which was in production about the same time).