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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2019
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Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: Director Dan Reed's two-part documentary features interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck as well as their families as they discuss how the then two pre-teen boys were befriended by Michael Jackson.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 25, 2019
    90
    “Leaving Neverland” is no thriller, but it’s undeniably a kind of true-life horror movie. You walk out of it shaken, but on some level liberated by its dark exposé. ... The second half of “Leaving Neverland” is mostly devoted to how Robson and Safechuck got in touch with their trauma and began to recover from it, something that only happened after Jackson’s death. It’s an essential part of the story, and part of why this is an important film.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jan 25, 2019
    83
    It could probably be an hour shorter if Reed cut back on all those enervating drone shots of the Los Angeles landscape (this is what happens when you’ve got four hours of HBO primetime to fill). And yet, the film is ultimately able to transcend its basic functionality. Not because of how well it conveys these particular accounts, but rather because of how comprehensively it corroborates so many others like them.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 25, 2019
    80
    Leaving Neverland feels long and one could argue a tighter two-hour film would have been equally effective. It just might not have reflected the truth they want to tell. ... It's all complicated and heartbreaking and just as their perspectives aren't the same today (both are relatively new fathers) as when they were pre-teens or in their twenties, it's doubtful you'll feel exactly the same after watching four hours of Leaving Neverland.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Pond
    Feb 1, 2019
    75
    The power of "Leaving Neverland" lies in the faces of the two men telling their stories, and the anguish of mothers trying to measure their own complicity. It’s hard not to see truth in those faces, but no doubt many will continue to resist.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 1, 2019
    70
    The sheer variety and volume of horrifying disclosures made here ... make "Leaving Neverland" both riveting and grueling, impossible to turn away from and the definition of a tough sit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Feb 10, 2019
    0
    After years and years of investigations, trials, charges; Michael has gone through the worst. He has been betrayed by the ones who were onceAfter years and years of investigations, trials, charges; Michael has gone through the worst. He has been betrayed by the ones who were once so close to him. Everyone turned their back on him.

    I think it is the highest and grossest form of cowardness to start this topic all over again, even after his death, which is making it even more disrespectful.

    Furthermore, I can only agree with "BlackBambino".
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