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: 339 (Rank from 2015: # 11)

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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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
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.
(full review)
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.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5
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)