Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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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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Reviews & comments

Scary stuff

What surprised me the most what how little I actually know about Scientology itself - which is guess is, in way, is exactly why they are so powerful. That, along with all the strong-arm tactics, manipulation and smear campaigns. Drawing on first person accounts from former members, the film takes us through the somewhat humble beginnings of aspiring...

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All hail Xenu!

Sorry Tom Cruise but, if, like me, you go in to watch Alex Gibney’s documentary believing Scientology to be a claptrap cult created by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard to fleece the gullible, then this meticulously executed expose only reinforces that opinion. The central revelation, that the IRS granted these charlatans tax exempt status as a...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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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

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

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SBS

SBS

press

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

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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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

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

0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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?

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
SBS

SBS

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

Scary stuff

What surprised me the most what how little I actually know about Scientology itself - which is guess is, in way, is exactly why they are so powerful. That, along with all the strong-arm tactics, manipulation and smear campaigns. Drawing on first person accounts from former members, the film takes us through the somewhat humble beginnings of aspiring...

4.0
0

All hail Xenu!

Sorry Tom Cruise but, if, like me, you go in to watch Alex Gibney’s documentary believing Scientology to be a claptrap cult created by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard to fleece the gullible, then this meticulously executed expose only reinforces that opinion. The central revelation, that the IRS granted these charlatans tax exempt status as a...

4.0
0