Going Clear Review: HBO's Indispensable History of Scientology - 2015-03-29
Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (premiering March 29 on HBO) is an indispensable general history of the enduringly controversial church. It covers everything: L. Ron Hubbard, Thetans, E-meters, lawsuits and, of course, Scientology's most famous practitioner, Tom Cruise, recipient of the Church's Freedom Medal of Valor.
Sensational in content but not in tone, Going Clear has been making headlines since its first screening at Sundance in January. It has also upset that secretive, combative and often embattled Church, which in a lengthy statement attacked the film as "insidious religious persecution by bullies toting cameras" and the ex-Scientologists who participated as "the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members."