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1,115 Ratings

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Directed by Alex Gibney
United States, 2015
Documentary

Synopsis

Based on Lawrence Wright’s book, Alex Gibney’s film is a provocative exposé of the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, balancing interviews of former members with insightful history—including the organization’s origins and a profile of its founder, science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Directed by Alex Gibney

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Directors Guild of America

2016 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Winner: Best Documentary Screenplay (Screen)

If you can dream up something weird that Scientology may have devised to hogtie its membership, chances are they’ve beaten you to it. The entire movement is an ocean of weirdness, so much so that a feature-length documentary has a job on its hands picking out the salient examples… For Gibney, fear is the glue holding the whole edifice together. The film’s strongest assault is on Miscavige himself, whom it presents as physically and mentally abusive towards his own staff.
June 26, 2015
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At the heart of it all, Gibney has made a great film about the dangers of blind faith or, as the subtitle of “Going Clear” puts it, “the prison of belief” — a phenomenon hardly unique to Scientology, and whose consequences are all too apparent in today’s headlines.
January 25, 2015
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The revelations in Alex Gibney’s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won’t come as a huge surprise to folks who’ve read Lawrence Wright’s devastating, similarly titled book-length exposé. But any way you cut it, this is still spectacular stuff.
January 25, 2015
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