Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence

Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence is an American true crime documentary miniseries, directed by Zachary Heinzerling, revolving around Larry Ray and the cult at Sarah Lawrence College. It premiered on February 9, 2023, on Hulu.[1]

Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence
Directed byZachary Heinzerling
Music byMartin Crane
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producers
ProducerAndrew Helms
  • Zachary Heinzerling
  • Ed David
  • Ashley Connor
  • Wolfgang Held
  • Michael Latham
  • Alejandro Meija
  • Thorsten Thielow
  • Paul Yee
  • Zara Serabian-Arthur
  • Page Marsella
Production company
Original networkHulu
Original releaseFebruary 9, 2023 (2023-02-09)

Premise Edit

The docuseries explores Larry Ray and his cult at Sarah Lawrence College. It follows the stories of the victims and some of their family members and friends.

Episodes Edit

No.TitleDirected byOriginal release date [2]
1"The Arbiter Of Truth"Zachary HeinzerlingFebruary 9, 2023 (2023-02-09)
2"Truth Wins"Zachary HeinzerlingFebruary 9, 2023 (2023-02-09)
3"Larryland"Zachary HeinzerlingFebruary 9, 2023 (2023-02-09)

Cast Edit

  • Larry Ray, Cult leader who lived on the campus with his daughter Talia in 2008. He would lie and tell all his roommates to lie and videotape it. He manipulated and convinced them they did things that they didn't do and then asked for payment because of the "damages" done to him. According to New York Magazine, Larry was diagnosed with histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders. In 2003, he was sentenced to five years probation with securities fraud. In January 2023, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering, extortion, sex trafficking, forced labor, tax evasion, and money laundering offenses.
  • Talia Ray, Larry's daughter who attended Sarah Lawrence College.
  • Santos, A former boyfriend of Talia and roommate with Larry.
  • Felicia, Santos' oldest sister.
  • Isabella Pollok, Talia's roommate and best friend at the time. She moved in with Larry in 2009 in NYC. She lived with him and Felicia until he got arrested a decade later.
  • Dan Levin, Moved in with Larry in 2009 and dated Isabella. He was abused by Larry and left the cult in 2013.
  • Claudia, A former victim of Larry and friend of some of the other victims. She was brainwashed into prostitution and handed Larry over a million dollars as payments for "damages" done to him. Larry convinced her that she poisoned her roommates and spread rumors about him.
  • Yalitza, Santos and Felicia's sister. Victim of Larry.
  • Raven, Friend of some of the victims. She told them in person after graduation that they were in a cult.

Production Edit

In November 2022, it was announced Zachary Heinzerling had directed a documentary series revolving around Larry Ray, with Story Syndicate producing and Hulu distributing.[3]

Reception Edit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 7.60/10, based on 13 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Equal parts baffling and harrowing, Stolen Youth treats its subjects with tasteful finesse while shedding startling insight on cult mentality."[4] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 83 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ Beregson, Samantha (December 13, 2022). "Sarah Lawrence Sex Cult Survivors Relive Horrors in Hulu Docuseries 'Stolen Youth' — Watch Trailer". IndieWire. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence on Hulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 1, 2023.
  3. ^ Mass, Jennifer (November 28, 2022). "Hulu Sets Sarah Lawrence Sex Cult Docuseries as 'God Forbid' Becomes Its Most-Watched Doc Film Ever (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  4. ^ "Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  5. ^ "Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence". Metacritic. Retrieved July 2, 2023.

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