Leaving Neverland: Miniseries (2019)


Critic Consensus: Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors.


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Air date: Mar 3, 2019
Air date: Mar 4, 2019

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Reed's careful and methodical style allow us not simply to learn (and learn to recognise) the pedophile's methodology, but to begin to understand the staggering complexity of the relationship of perpetrator to victim.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The purity is that it begins and ends with survivor testimony, chillingly credible in its details, from Safechuck and Robson.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Leaving Neverland's greatest advantage - its focus on the two men's personal testimony - is also its biggest weakness, as no one outside their families is interviewed by the filmmakers to provide a wider context.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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The circumstances surrounding Jackson and his relationships with young boys have always been unclear. But today's climate allows Leaving Neverland to ask questions at length -- and provide some answers.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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As we're learning more and more with cases of abusive predators, we need to listen more carefully because the abuser often has the power and platform to yell louder. At its best, Leaving Neverland tries to balance the volume.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not a particularly imaginative documentary, in that it sticks to a straightforward narrative, and, in its empathetic approach, doesn't bother trying to include views from "the other side."

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Reed's camera work is skilful, sharply well-edited together to tell the story in a clear-eyed, chronological way that pulls the viewer in.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's up to each of us to draw our own conclusion, but the fact is that after watching Leaving Neverland you will never hear Michael Jackson's music the same way again, at least I can't. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] devastating documentary. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

This second installment allows us to understand why there is such a deep-rooted thought about his innocence and why there is a belief that the alleged victims decided to bring him to light for money and fame. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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The rabid fans can shut their eyes to reality and bark as loud as they want, but they have to be really fanatic to simply dismiss the claims made by these two men and how their experience with Michael Jackson affected them - and all those around them - for the rest of their lives.


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