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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.

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Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology-whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities-shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. One of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary highlights the Church's origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. Going Clear is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation, and lust for power. (C) HBO

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Critic Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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Gibney makes another attempt to hole and sink [Scientology]. Hooray for him.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not a sense of outrage that viewers are left with. It's sadness.

September 4, 2015 | Full Review…

In which the world's most dauntless documentary-maker takes on the world's most litigious religion (we'd call it a cult but we don't want to get sued).

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Confirms all negative inklings you may have about this purportedly shady organisation.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Alas, Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is merely a competent and informative documentary, a snappy collation of everything you've already heard and read about L Ron Hubbard's dubious money-spinning, ahem, "religion".

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Gibney is too subtle and diligent a film-maker to indulge in a one-sided hatchet-job. The tone of Going Clear is inquisitive, not sensationalist.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

The definitive documentary on what is really going on within Scientology's closed doors. A fascinating eye opener.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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½

An appalling and terrifying documentary that exposes the horrific truth behind this abusive cult created by a ridiculously delusional man who discovered the most ingenious way to brainwash so many incredibly stupid people into becoming willing prisoners of his lucrative sham.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Scientology is a supposed religion, and a topic that is often mocked for its philosophy, demonized for its tactics, and written off for its immobility. What many people are unaware of is that this theoretical religion is actually much more powerful than you would be led to believe. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/8/going-clear

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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