Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Lists: Documentary

Brief Synopsis: "Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion."

Overall Ranking: 351 (Rank from 2015: # 10)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 77.78%
Regular 22.22%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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The Void97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Damon Schneider85
Lisa Marie Bowman84 - One of the creepiest documentaries that I've ever seen.
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Bryan Lienesch84 - The upshot shouldn't be all that surprising: another case of a religion taking advantage of the inherent innocence of people and exploiting it in the form of all kinds of abuse.
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes71(full review)

People Involved

  • Paul Haggis (Himself - Interviewee)
  • Jason Beghe (Himself - Interviewee)
  • Alex Gibney (Narrator)
  • Lawrence Wright (Himself - Interviewee)
  • Sherry Stringfield (Sara Northrup (voice))
  • Tom Cruise (Himself (archive footage))
  • John Travolta (Himself (archive footage))
  • Katie Holmes (Herself (archive footage))
  • Nicole Kidman (Herself (archive footage))
  • Nancy Cartwright (Herself (archive footage))
  • Kirstie Alley (Herself (archive footage))
  • Karen Black (Herself (archive footage))
  • Jenna Elfman (Herself (archive footage))
  • Isaac Hayes (Himself (archive footage))
  • Kelly Preston (Herself (archive footage))
  • Mimi Rogers (Herself (archive footage))
  • Anne Archer (Herself (archive footage))
  • L. Ron Hubbard (Himself (archive footage))
  • David Miscavige (Himself (archive footage))
  • Lawrence Wright (Director)