My Scientology Movie

My Scientology Movie

By John Dower

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2016-10-10
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: John Dower
  • Production Company: Red Box Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 145 Ratings


Louis Theroux's first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar winning producer of Searching For Sugarman and Man On Wire, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the worlds most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as 'the Holy Grail of Stories'. With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux wont take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Churches alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members turned whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary... Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, My Scientology Movie is as outlandish as it is revealing.



  • About as much of a "documentary" as Lord of the Rings.........

    By GiGi V.C
    In all honesty this "documentary" looked staged. I would expect Louis to have done some more research on the beliefs of Scientology and not just focus on alleged stories about David Miscavige and Tom Cruise. You can buy a copy of dianetics very cheaply on amazon if you want to read and understand about the beliefs of scientology. Furthermore, he doesn't seem to disarenciate between Scientology as a religion and The Church of Scientology as an organisation. They are two different things just like any religion or church, and the distinction should be clearly explained. Overall this documentary is quite dissapointing without factual basis and evidence to back up the hearsay.
  • Doesn't deliver

    By zoicknumber46
    Louis' documentaries are usually so great but this one failed to deliver. Perhaps because the subjects of the documentary I.e. Those that work for the church of Scientology are so elusive and don't get interviewed on camera makes this documentary's aim unclear. He doesn't really reveal anything about them and as such it isn't s good documentary.
  • Meh

    By Lisa UK
    I'd looked forward to the release of this documentary for a while, but I'm afraid to say that, in my view, it isn't Louis' finest work. I was wrong to assume it would be similar to the format seen in his more recent documentaries - ones I particularly liked on autism, dementia etc. If you're specifically looking for a documentary on Scientology, there are better ones than this. If you're a fan of his work I'd recommend renting it, but don't expect to learn anything new about Scientology.

    By Wye Photography
    An excellent expose on a corrupt, warped, demented, perverse organisation that is the embodiment of evil that would make the Nazi's jealous. A modern day National Socialist party run by Satan.
  • Disappointing :(

    By grahambeale
    I'm a huge fan of Louis and also very intrigued by Scientology - so you'd think this would be a guaranteed hit. Sadly it failed to leave an impression. The best scene is in the trailer and the rest of the film felt like it was just attempting to pad out time. Real shame especially given the price of the film.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

    By youvebeentangod
    This was a new twist in the never ending list of Scientology documentaries. Worth watching if a fan of Louis. Feel like he could of gone deeper in, but that isn't really his style.
  • Love Louis but didn't finish this.

    By 647825
    A doc about casting the story of Scientology to get the main interviewee into the right headspace, so far as I could gather...stopped at 55 min.
  • Disappointing

    By Nichol1
    I generally enjoy Louis's documentaries but this was very disappointing. He normally manages to show insight into controversial topics and personalities, this wasn't achieved here. No doubt in part due to the Church refusing to take part. Instead the documentary focused on an ex member of the church and them auditioning people to play key roles from the church in order to act out a scene of an event witnessed by the ex member. All rather pointless.
  • i wish i had read the reviews

    By slingKey
    i just rented it thinking its Louie, of course its good.. nah.. repetative, boring, goes no where and no real insight into the mystical cult. dont waste your time. i fell asleep half way though.
  • Halfway to almost

    By Macster73
    This could have been so good, but it was completely unadventurous, timid and lame. Dull got duller and duller as time passed me by and zzzzzzzz.....................