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157 Ratings

My Scientology Movie

Directed by John Dower
United Kingdom, United States, 2015


BBC journalist Louis Theroux joins forces with director John Dower to explore the elusive Church of Scientology. With the help of a former high-ranking Scientologist, Theroux sets out to understand the furtive goings-on of the Church, armed with his irreverent humor and biting irony.

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My Scientology Movie Directed by John Dower
While “My Scientology Movie” provides a very entertaining tour of some of the questions that swirl around Scientology, viewers who’ve followed the story through the years will find little that’s new or unexpected. A number of interesting issues are touched on not at all or only tangentially.
March 10, 2017
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Absent the heft and thoroughness of Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” the hilarious precision of “South Park” or the deep-dive empathy of Leah Remini’s current television exposé, “My Scientology Movie” relies on a shaggy, meandering charm. At times it plays like an extended skit on “The Daily Show”; yet its disorder also makes its insights — like how strongly the church’s training sessions resemble acting classes — feel refreshingly organic.
March 08, 2017
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The film pads out its running time by circumnavigating the expected refusal of Scientology’s two most famous members, leader David Miscavige and actor Tom Cruise, to be interviewed by holding reenactments of their most notorious public speeches… The only element that significantly differentiates this documentary from its peers is Theroux himself, and the film regains lost ground when it lets him indulge his usual sense of good-natured cheekiness.
March 07, 2017
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