Holy Hell Reviews

November 20, 2017
If you're already fascinated by the world of religious fanaticism, Holy Hell will leave you captivated.
June 3, 2016
Holy Hell, raw and anguished, is not just a story about a terrible breach of trust, but one of loss, its creator mourning the relationships he had.
May 28, 2016
"Holy Hell" should have dug a lot deeper and told its story with a lot more finesse. What happened? Maybe, after all these years, Allen was still too close to his subject?
May 28, 2016
With unprecedented access to archival footage and former members of The Buddhafield, it's impossible to look away from Holy Hell.
May 27, 2016
An uneven blend of news program, suspense narrative and toward the end, somewhat saccharine self-help exercise.
May 27, 2016
Like watching a takedown of Hitler by a disillusioned Leni Reifenstahl, what emerges is one of the decade's strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending.
May 26, 2016
Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.
May 26, 2016
Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members.
May 26, 2016
It's ham-fistedly structured to withhold information for maximum dramatic impact. But that impact, as predictable as it is, hits hard.
May 26, 2016
Allen's film is as much a self-reckoning as it is a cautionary tale for other spiritual seekers, and as such it offers invaluable insights into how cults -- and especially cults of personality -- function and grow.
May 26, 2016
Holy Hell has an undeniable car-crash fascination, especially once Allen reveals just how deeply this particular phony guru abused the trust of his faithfuls.
May 25, 2016
Allen begins the film by describing this journey as a '22-year search for truth,' and while there's no doubt that he found more than he bargained for, Holy Hell fails to convey what that might be.
May 24, 2016
Holy Hell plays like a thriller, all right, with a darkness edging slowly over its swimsuit revelry, but Allen never cheats in the interest of suspense.
May 23, 2016
Holy Hell is a purgative and an act of atonement.
May 20, 2016
It hopes to jolt audiences with OMGs instead of edifying them about the empty lure of Buddhafield's cult mentality.
May 3, 2016
The footage Allen shot during his time with The Buddhafield is remarkable; one wishes he'd have just handed it over to a removed third party to actually assemble into a film.
April 29, 2016
Though the material is juicy and the interviews heartfelt, the doc doesn't completely succeed in efforts to explain the spell this and similar groups cast on their acolytes;
April 29, 2016
By the time Holy Hell reaches its ominous final scene, the scariest thing about it is that Allen has made a movie about how he fell into a cult and then liberated himself from it, but at the end he still seems the tiniest bit under its spell.