Leaving Neverland has had its world premiere Friday at Sundance Film Festival, and critics briefly commented on the four-hour documentary describing the charges of sexual assault against Michael Jackson.
The film focuses on the accounts of Wade Robson and James Seifchuk, who have long claimed to have been raped and harassed by the singer at Neverland's ranch.
Jackson denied all allegations that he had maltreated minors during his life, and his property did the same in the decade after his death.
"Leaving Neverland is a horror movie – an intimate, apparently plausible, sometimes sexually explicit story about two boys who have become Michael Jackson's special" friends ". Jackson was a villain, a smooth predator, a monster, "he said Jeff Wells of Hollywood.
– Feel sick of my stomach after I looked at Part 1 of the LeavingNeverland document. Michael Jackson Witnesses / Victims of Sexual Violence Coming Very Reliable. It's so sexually clear that the counselors are in the lobby, "he writes Mara Rinstein of the US Weekly.
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Devestated: Michael Jackson's documentary "Leaving Neverland" has its world premiere on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in City Park, Utah (above with Jackson with accuser Wade Robson)
Take: "Michael Jackson Witnesses / Victims of Sexual Abuse That Comes Very Reliable. So sexually it's clear that the counselors are in the lobby, "Mara Rinstein wrote
Revelations: "MJ gave one of her young men sacrifices jewelry in exchange for sexual acts, and even organized a wedding model full of vows and a diamond ring," writes Patrick Ryan
Many critics did not get into the film's specificity, although there were a few details revealed on Twitter.
"Among the many, very disturbing revelations of #LeavingNeverland: MJ gave one of her young men sacrifices jewelry in exchange for sexual acts, and even organized a wedding model full of vows and a diamond ring," he writes. Patrick Ryan of USA Today.
"Very common parallels in the victims' stories: MJ prepares them to hate their parents and women in general, saying that God has gathered them, ultimately casting them out for the younger boys. "There was a lot of jealousy and pain. You were no longer special.
Eugene Hernandez, Lincoln Center's Film Deputy Director, also provided some details, writing: "In the middle of the document, which describes the Michael Jackson sexual abuse against Robson & Safechuck in the first half of the chart. hours … but in the second half he reveals the victim's journey to be able to talk about it.
He also judged after the film, writing: "This is a deeply exciting study of abuse from the point of view of its victims / families. Generally well shaped and constructed. It raises so many difficult questions about parent roles, celebrities, secrets, glory, allowing behavior and misuse. Topics that can fill 4-hour tracking.
As critics publish their thoughts, an army of Michael Jackson fans aims to attack and rebut the allegations made in the film despite the fact that the film was first released in Utah on Friday.
This did not affect those who saw the film, who were almost unanimous in their belief that this film provided convincing evidence in support of the charges made by Robson and Safechuck.
Warning: Amy Kaufman of the Los Angeles Times said that before the film was screened, a documentary filmmaker was issued a warning.
Prepared: Matt Donnelly of Variety also noted: "#Sundance has provided health professionals in the theater
Midway: "Whatever you think you know or know, the content of this is more worrying than you can imagine. Again, we are only halfway, "writes Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast
Details: Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of the Lincoln Center Film Society, also provided some details, writing: "In the middle of the document, which describes the Michael Jackson sexual abuse against Robson & Safechuck in the first half of the chart"
Speaking: Kaufman revealed that the film resonates with one person, especially after the screening
The Indiewire critic David Ehrlich wrote: "Spoiler Warning: Michael Jackson 100% Sexually Abuses With Many Children."
Even with anarchy, many were shocked by what they had seen in the middle of the movie.
– A 10-minute break in the middle of Michael Jackson's documentary on sexual abuse of the Sunsens. Whatever you think you know or know, the content of this is more worrying than you can imagine. And again, we are only halfway, "he writes Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast.
Amy Kaufman the Los Angeles Times reported that before the film was screened, the director of the documentary issued a warning to the guests.
"John Cooper warns LeavingNeverland's audience that the papers contain explicit descriptions of sexual abuse of minors and there are Utah healthcare professionals in the lobby to talk about," Kaufman writes.
Matt Donnelly from diversity noted that this is also: "#Sundance has provided audience members with health professionals at the audience's theater potentially upset by the explicit descriptions of # LeavingNeverland for sexual violence against juvenile boys. They are ready on the wings with a lawyer.
Kaufman revealed that the film resonates with one person, writing: "An incredibly emotional reaction from the audience after #LeavingNeverland. One of the audience members said he was being mistreated as a child and that Robson and Safechuck "will make a much better kingdom in the world than Michael F-King Jackson."
Thought: Many critics were much shorter in their film rating, but all used the same phrase
Stunned: "Absolutely devastating," said Marlowe Stern of the writer "Daily Beast" and "Hollywood" Tatiana Sigel.
Many critics were far shorter in their film rating, but all used the same phrase.
The word "disgust" also appeared in numerous tweaks corresponding to the film.
"You had to see the faces of the members of the audience during the ten-minute break of" Leaving Neverland "with the Egyptian. They had this kind of tingling nausea, subdued disgust … trying to hide their disgust. Jackson's refusals are over. Jig stood up, Wales wrote.
"Leaving Neverland is, of course, a very sad story. Dangers and dysfunction are transmitted. You are just as healthy or sick as the ugly secrets you carry around. Oh, both mothers of the victims of the victims are given away on hard cards by the trying to heal their sons.