Louis Theroux‘s new documentary My Scientology Movie has been greeted with a mixed reaction.
The film was screened in London tonight (October 10). Many that saw it said it was up there with some of his best work.
One filmgoer on Twitter wrote: “Louis theroux could single handedly take down Scientology, that film was amazing oh my God.”
Another said: “It turns out that @louistheroux’s Scientology documentary was as enjoyable as it was terrifying and it was very, very enjoyable,” while one fan added: “Just watched #MyScientologyMovie it was amazing, @louistheroux I still don’t know what Scientology is.”
Another viewer said: “I enjoyed @louistheroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ immensely. I was compelled from start to finish and learnt a shit ton about Scientology.”
Louis theroux could single handedly take down scientology, that film was amazing oh my God
— chandni sembhi here 4 fun x (@chandni_s_) October 10, 2016
It turns out that @louistheroux's Scientology documentary was as enjoyable as it was terrifying and it was very, very enjoyable.
— Ben Bentley (@benbentleyphoto) October 10, 2016
But others said they were disappointed with his latest documentary. One wrote: “Anyone who knows me knows I fucking love Louis Theroux but… the Scientology documentary was kind of underwhelming.”
Another said: “As much as I love him and the idea, the Scientology film wasn’t a classic.”
One disappointed fan added: “Watched that new Louis Theroux Scientology doc last night. Was expecting something really good. Got something a bit yawn!”
As much as I love him and the idea, the scientology film wasn't a classic #LouisTheroux
— Jo (@jo_hopley) October 10, 2016
Speaking to NME in April, Louis explained the inspiration behind My Scientology Movie: “I’d seen an explanation of why people wanted to leave Scientology, but I hadn’t got a sense of why they joined. I was interested in the seduction, why they would go along with the various practices that had been alleged for years, if not decades. [The film is] an attempt to create that mindset of being conditioned in behaviours outside of the norm.”
Watch a trailer for the film below.