Pray Away

Pray Away is a 2021 American documentary film, produced and directed by Kristine Stolakis. It follows survivors of conversion therapy, and former leaders. Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy serve as executive producers.

Pray Away
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Official poster
Directed byKristine Stolakis
Produced by
  • Kristine Stolakis
  • Anya Rous
  • Jessica Devaney
CinematographyMelissa Langer
Edited byCarla Gutierrez
Music by
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • June 16, 2021 (2021-06-16) (Tribeca)
  • August 3, 2021 (2021-08-03) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021. It was released on August 3, 2021, by Netflix.


The film follows survivors and former leaders of conversion therapy, as some leaders grapple with their actions against others, while others come out.


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021.[2] Prior to, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] It also screened at AFI Docs on June 24, 2021.[4][5] It was previously set to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, and the Telluride Film Festival prior to their cancellations.[6][7][8] It was released on August 3, 2021.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Pray Away holds an approval rating of 94% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 8.40/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Pray Away presents a compassionate picture of the damage wrought by so-called conversion therapy – on its subjects as well as its proponents".[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average of 71 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]


  1. ^ "Pray Away". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Announcing The Feature Film Lineup For Tribeca 2021". Tribeca Film Festival. April 20, 2021. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 12, 2021). "'Pray Away': Netflix Picks Up Ryan Murphy & Blumhouse Documentary Ahead Of Tribeca Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  4. ^ Saperstein, Pat (May 26, 2021). "AFI Docs Festival Slate Includes 'Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain'". Variety.
  5. ^ "Pray Away". AFI Docs. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  6. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (March 3, 2020). "Tribeca Sets Feature Lineup Of Films For 2020 Fest". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Beresford, Tribly; Lewis, Hilary (March 12, 2020). "Tribeca Film Festival Postponed Amid Coronavirus Fears". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (August 3, 2020). "Inside the Telluride Film Festival That Would Have Been". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (July 1, 2021). "Pray Away". Variety. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Pray Away (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "Pray Away Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved August 28, 2021.

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