Leaving Neverland: Miniseries (2019)


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Leaving Neverland

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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

Part 1 of 2. A documentary about two men, now in their thirties, who recount their experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2019

Conclusion. A documentary about two men, now in their thirties, who recount their experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.

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Critic Reviews for Leaving Neverland Miniseries

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (38)

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…

A riveting story of childhood sexual abuse and its devastating effects on survivors and families.

Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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What makes Leaving Neverland an unusually sensitive portrait of abuse recovery is that it's more interested in what was, rather than what should be.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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Leaving Neverland warns us - as did: Surviving R Kelly - that we can never again let adoration for any star blind us to the suffering of their most vulnerable victims.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Far more subtly, the documentary calls attention to our celeb-obsessed culture, one that is quick to embrace celebrities as heroes but slow to let them go.

Dec 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's intimate, and at times even terrifying, but it's vital in an era where re-orienting our perspective on stars and celebrities has become increasingly necessary.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Leaving Neverland is an extremely vital four hours to watch.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

I feel bound to honour the complexity, and the compassion, of [the] statement.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leaving Neverland: Miniseries

  • Jun 02, 2020
    I am horrified to see how the mass media (and general public) fully embraced this movie, without an ounce of skepticism. This movie, besides being boring, is very well crafted and extremely manipulative but doesn't qualify as a documentary. Following its release, most made their minds up about Michael Jackson's guilt by hearsay, without even watching the movie itself. Do we need to remind everyone that the man was proven innocent of child molesting charges after 2 trials and intense scrutiny (Tabloids, law, FBI). The allegations made against him now are extremely grave and he deserves the presumption of innocence. If you care about facts, just check the wikipedia pages about the 1993 allegations and the 2005 trial, and see for yourself the kind of tissues of lies some people are willing to fabricate to obtain money. But I guess it takes time, and no one really cares enough to go through the trouble, especially now he is dead. If anything, it seems to me that Jackson was guilty of very poor judgement especially when it came to people, extreme naiveté, questionable taste at the end of his life and eccentricity due to the lack of normalcy in his upbringing and lifestyle. And that made it difficult for people to empathize with him, a perfect target. L
  • May 23, 2020
    As someone who grew up listening to MJ and hearing about the allegations (and not believing them at the time) - this was hard to watch. But my heart goes to Wade and James, and I hope that some of his other victims will come forward.
  • May 12, 2020
    I cried. One of the mothers said "I had one Job and I didn't do it". I have no problem with Michael Jackson being a pedophile. I have a problem with him acting on it. He should have seen a psychiatrist instead Those men will never be the same
  • May 07, 2020
    I think your appreciation of this show will greatly depend on your perception of Michael Jaclson and if you believe he committed the crimes he's been accused of over the decades. I don't think I thos doc. Was created to change anybody's mind on if you think he's guilty or not... and obviously the focus is on his guilt. Give it a try and decide for yourself
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Unflinching, and the stuff of nightmares. Survivors will look at these men, hear their words, and know it all to be true. Nobody wants it to be true. Nobody wants to believe in monsters, but belief doesn't equal existence. Truth stands, regardless of circumstance or the height of the pedestal.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    The problem with this documentary is that it's presented as proven fact. You're expected to believe everything they're saying. Except, how can you believe something that's been proven false so many times? The many allegations that have been brought against Michael Jackson have all been proven false in multiple ways. Even this documentary has flaws that were picked apart with Google searches. It's insane to believe that HBO thought that this was a good idea, especially 10+ years after his death.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    not really much deserve the best tv show
  • Apr 09, 2020
    I think the documentary should provide more of the other side of the story, the directors kept showing Michael off as a very weird man, the evidence is manipulated in my opinion, didn't like the show. But maybe that's because of my perception of Michael, the show didn't change my mind though, not good.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    One sided documentary with many false allegations. The documentary main focus was money, and tarnishing Michael Jackson's name. 0/10 Waste of time
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Leaving Neverland is incredibly powerful. The film describes in painstakingly graphic detail Michael Jackson's sexual abuse of James Safechuck & Wade Robson. It presents first hand accounts from the victims and their familys on how their relationships with Michael came to be. It shows how Michael had groomed the world into a uncompromising trust. It shows why someone who defended him so vigorously could come forward so many years later. I think acclaimed film documentarian Louis Theroux said it best; "If you can't see that Michael Jackson was a pedophile after watching (Leaving Neverland), you are being willfully blind. And if you are campaigning against it you are actively colluding in the silencing of victims."

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