Reviews

Oct 8, 2021
As a film, I found "Pray Away" intriguing; it is like a feature article in a magazine filled with pictures and personal stories.
Sep 14, 2021
The builders of this group, who ultimately left and renounced it, are the prime talking heads in Kristine Stolakis's sadly compelling film...
Aug 30, 2021
My brain almost exploded when watching this doc! No one should have to endure conversion therapy under the guise of "praying away" the gay. It's ignorant and cruel. Ryan Murphy has done it again as a truth sayer in the community
Aug 29, 2021
The night and day differences between the subjects' past and current selves are compelling; Paulk seems much more relaxed now, while Cantu Schneider has an air of introspectiveness.
Aug 23, 2021
There's far too much focus on the practitioners and lobbyists and not enough on the survivors, who have the far more relatable and sympathetic stories to tell.
Aug 21, 2021
Pray Away is an empathetic documentary that explores the origins of the gay conversion movement, some of its now remorseful leaders, and the immense trauma it inflicted on young gay people growing up in the church.
Aug 13, 2021
Though hard to watch in parts, Pray Away is a well-made film. It blows the lid off the phony ministries who do this kind of work and exposes them for what they are.
Aug 11, 2021
A nimble blending of past and present footage and testimonies from key first-hand sources offers a devastating exposé of a controversial and ongoing movement in this documentary.
Aug 10, 2021
"Pray Away" may end on a note of hope, as a former Exodus leader marries the love of her life and celebrates her love for her wife and herself, but it is McCall the camera lingers on at the end.
Aug 8, 2021
The choices made leave Pray Away as exactly the kind of basic documentary that gets easily sold and just as easily forgotten about.
Aug 6, 2021
With every added account of shameful contrition, the realization that this issue exists very much in the present tense weighs heavy on the viewer...
Aug 6, 2021
It's an attempt at reparation by some of those involved, and a moving collection of personal stories.
Aug 5, 2021
Kristine Stolakis film debut is a primer for pain/suffering that is totally unnecessary, if only humans could accept orientation in our fellow travelers and not live in fear.
Aug 5, 2021
A chilling film...
Aug 4, 2021
Pray Away reveals the trauma and danger within religious communities that weaponize faith to convince LGBT members to "convert" to heterosexuality.
Aug 4, 2021
For all its sobering and poignant moments, Pray Away also has its stories of triumph...
Aug 4, 2021
Pray Away is hard to shake but Stolakis leaves us with light and beauty even though the darkness is still a threat.
Aug 4, 2021
Pray Away is a profound culturally relevant documentary that is informative on the harmful effects of gay-to-staight conversion therapy.
Aug 4, 2021
Stolakis's critical documentary is truly devastating.
Aug 3, 2021
"Pray Away" is more interesting when it focuses on how most of its subjects eventually embraced gay and bisexual identities despite having formerly been so public in their homophobia.