My Scientology Movie
My Scientology Movie (2017)

'I find that the most inexplicable behavior is motivated by very relateable human impulses,' comments Louis Theroux as he heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary, in collaboration with director John Dower and double Academy… More

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Release Date: March 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: My Scientology Movie offers a personal perspective on the controversial religion whose lack of investigative depth is more than balanced out by its sense of humor and all-around entertainment value.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

New look at well-charted territory adds just enough to justify its existence.

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Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times

Theroux raises troubling questions about psychological warfare and how devoutness shades into fanaticism.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

There's not a lot of shockingly new information per se, but watching Theroux filming covert Scientologists while they in turn film him, and so on, has its own sort of meta-charm.

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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly

One of the best documentaries of the year.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

He's not content to copy Alex Gibney, whose 2015 documentary [Going Clear] provides a stunning inside look at the religion... No, Dower is more of an entertainer, and he imbues his storytelling style with a somewhat lighter touch.

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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com

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.

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

The film's a little choppy as Theroux takes side trips to interview other former Scientologists, but it comes together as a chilling look at America's most famous 20th-century homegrown religion.

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John Serba
MLive.com

(Theroux) doesn't really get anywhere in his attempts to discuss and understand Scientology, but his exploration is nonetheless entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I love Louis's documentaries, but this one is a dud that goes nowhere. Maybe if you have absolutely no knowledge of Scientology, you could learn something,… More
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Whatever the common knowledge or conjecture that might exist about Scientology, this film is interesting and amusing but probably adds little. It alleges that… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's well made, but due to the secrecy of the church, we know no more about it by the end of the documentary.