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Leaving Neverland: Miniseries Reviews

March 8, 2019
It's hard to watch, too. But it is moments like this, more even than the unflinching detailing of indecent acts, that makes the testimony of Safechuck and his fellow victim Wade Robson so compelling.
March 7, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2019
Depending on where your sympathies lie, Reed's decision to leave those voices out of "Leaving Neverland" makes sense once you watch it.
March 3, 2019
Although there are pacing issues here and the filmmaker could have used a few more sources to widen the story, it's a compelling look at childhood trauma, fame and the mechanics of pedophilia.
March 1, 2019
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.
Top Critic
March 1, 2019
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.
March 1, 2019
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.
March 1, 2019
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.
March 1, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2019
Flawed but seriously compelling, writer-director Dan Reed's film is interested in something other than changing the minds of skeptics or pre-registered haters.
February 28, 2019
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."
February 28, 2019
A riveting story of childhood sexual abuse and its devastating effects on survivors and families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2019
Viewers of all genders and ages who share that experience are bound to see their own stories in that of Safechuck and Robson. That's more than enough reason for this eloquent documentary to exist.
February 28, 2019
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.
February 28, 2019
"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.
Top Critic
February 27, 2019
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.
February 27, 2019
Leaving Neverland has some vital things things to say about the all-powerful, intoxicating allure of fame and the blind faith that so many of us invest in our celebrity idols.
February 27, 2019
There is a lot to absorb in this, the grimmest of grim tales.
February 27, 2019
A story that's mostly been treated with quiet de-sensationalization by director Dan Reed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2019
It's a radically empathetic film about the resonating impact of sexual abuse, as well as the personal and social forces that conspire to keep people from talking about it in public.
February 22, 2019
This is a harrowing watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 21, 2019
At times Leaving Neverland feels more like a deposition than a documentary, given we're hearing from only one side, again and again. But Lord does that side present a convincing case.
February 21, 2019
Leaving Neverland is not easy to watch. Both allege in stoic but chilling.
February 21, 2019
For review purposes, let us leave it at this: As a documentary in the strictest sense of the word, Leaving Neverland is a failure. As a reckoning, though, it is unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 4, 2019
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.
Top Critic
January 30, 2019
One of the advantages of Leaving Neverland's long-form approach is that the interviews with Robson and Safechuck aren't edited down to their most obviously emotional moments.
January 29, 2019
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.
January 28, 2019
Exhaustive, exhausting, enraging, it feels like the definitive answer to whether singer Michael Jackson sexually abused at least two of the young boys he befriended during his career.
January 26, 2019
It's also a portrait of a man who was many things to many people, and how that image may not sync up with what some folks want to believe. And it's a portrait of bravery.
January 26, 2019
"Leaving Neverland" is hardly great cinema, but it's a crucial document for a culture that still can't see itself clearly in Michael Jackson's shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 26, 2019
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.
January 26, 2019
"Leaving Neverland" is no thriller, but it's undeniably a kind of true-life horror movie. You walk out of it shaken, but on some level liberated by its dark exposť.