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Whatever the truth, as a documentary it is an astonishing piece of work. Relentlessly spare and unsensationalist, it manages better than any other in its genre not to let its attention wander from the survivors' testimony.
Independent of how it might lead us to reassess our relationship with Jackson's music, it feels important that these men are able to tell their stories, however many years later, in whatever way they choose.
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.
An appalling story of predatory child sexual abuse, told in such painful detail and at such heroic length that it's impossible to dismiss. But what the series also makes clear, beyond almost everything else, is the power of willful blindness.
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.
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.
The details are still appalling, but what we see and hear in Dan Reed's riveting and sharply convincing four-hour documentary, "Leaving Neverland,"... supplies the viewer with an unexpected measure of calm.
"LEAVING NEVERLAND" is long but delicately, patiently done - and so quiet; you can practically hear yourself listening. It's not a feat of investigative journalism so much as an act of bearing witness.
The power of Leaving Neverland lies in the faces of the two men telling their stories, and the anguish of mothers trying to measure their own complicity. It's hard not to see truth in those faces, but no doubt many will continue to resist.
A deeply empathetic work... The documentary is a thorough, brutal accounting of Robson's and Safechuck's psychological states both as children and as adults, attempting to name what they say happened to them.
It's all complicated and heartbreaking and just as their perspectives aren't the same today (both are relatively new fathers) as when they were pre-teens or in their twenties, it's doubtful you'll feel exactly the same after watching.