My Scientology Movie Reviews

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 11, 2017
New look at well-charted territory adds just enough to justify its existence.
March 10, 2017
One of the best documentaries of the year.
March 10, 2017
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.
March 9, 2017
Theroux raises troubling questions about psychological warfare and how devoutness shades into fanaticism.
March 8, 2017
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.
March 8, 2017
The film's a little choppy as Theroux takes side trips to interview other former Scientologists, but it comes together as a chilling look at America's most famous 20th-century homegrown religion.
Top Critic
March 8, 2017
This stunt-driven nonfiction project rearranges the well-reported dirt on the church, placing it into the context of something considerably less useful: a documentary about how hard it is to make a documentary about Scientology.
February 17, 2017
What the film lacks in the way of harrowing, jaw-dropping revelations, it makes up for with Theroux's charm and breezy charisma.
October 7, 2016
Theroux takes his usual sideways, faux-innocent look at the Church of Scientology, which was recently thoroughly eviscerated in Alex Gibney's Going Clear.
October 7, 2016
There are so many fascinating things about this film.
October 6, 2016
Theroux doesn't add anything substantial to the Gibney documentary, but he reiterates the sheer nastiness of this horrible corporate cult.
October 4, 2016
Worth a watch for the Jetsons meets Jesus Camp, legit instructional video clips alone.
October 3, 2016
Louis Theroux investigates the Church's controversial history through a mixture of interviews, recreations and likeable bumbling.
September 9, 2016
Much of this material has been canvassed elsewhere -- notably in Alex Gibney's recent documentary Going Clear -- and major revelations are few.