Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Incisive documentary-maker Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets and Enron) brings revelations about Scientology to the big screen, adapting Lawrence Wright's non-fiction page-turner of the same name.

Delving into the lives of founder L. Ron Hubbard and current leader David Miscavige, Wright's book also details the organisation's relationship with Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and John Travolta - a topic said to be at the core of Gibney's film. HBO are rumoured to have 160 lawyers vetting the film, in anticipation of a torrent of lawsuits heading their way.

2015Rating: M, Offensive language120 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Alex Gibney ('We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks', 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room')
Writer:
Alex Gibney
Cast:
Lawrence WrightMike RinderMarty RathbunPaul HaggisJason Beghe

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Just … wow. If you have ever wondered how Scientology gets people. This film shows you. If you have ever wondered how Scientology keeps people. This film shows you. If you have ever wondered how Scientology damages, harms, abuses and tortures people (and children)… This film shows you.

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Variety

Variety

Gibney shakes the Scientology tree in his crackling film version of Lawrence Wright's nonfiction bestseller.

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Time Out

Time Out

For a group with property assets in the billions, it's a major piece of the puzzle, revealing a critical failing: For a religion with so much to give, why do they do so little for so few?

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A lively and watchable documentary if not an especially enlightening one.

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SBS

SBS

Delivers on its promise to make your eyes pop, and then some.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

There is order and selection, of course - to say that this is storytelling is not to impugn its parts - but much of what he has to show you is remarkable in or out of this context.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.

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