Critic Consensus: Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors.
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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.
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.
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."
A riveting story of childhood sexual abuse and its devastating effects on survivors and families.
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The rabid fans can shut their eyes to reality and bark as loud as they want, but they have to be really fanatic to simply dismiss the claims made by these two men and how their experience with Michael Jackson affected them - and all those around them - for the rest of their lives.
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