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    Holy Hell

    Filmmaker Will Allen documents the time he spent with the Buddhafield, a Los Angeles spiritual group to give us an inside look at the West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
    Duration: 100 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 2016
    IMDb: 7.1
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  • Critic Reviews of "Holy Hell"

    RogerEbert.com
    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?

    The Playlist
    May 28, 2016

    With unprecedented access to archival footage and former members of The Buddhafield, it's impossible to look away from Holy Hell.

    Variety
    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.

    New York Times
    May 26, 2016

    Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.

    TheWrap
    May 26, 2016

    Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members.

    Georgia Straight
    July 13, 2016

    Even with admitted self-censorship, this intimate and often fascinating footage reveals a megalomaniac who genuinely inspired his early disciples.

    Movie Mezzanine
    July 12, 2016

    Allen's gentle compassion for his fellow cult survivors is understandable, but is ultimately unsatisfying. Still, for fans of cult documentaries, Holy Hell is worth it for its insider footage alone.

    Paste Magazine
    June 09, 2016

    What begins as a video memoir evolves into a much larger portrait of betrayal, grief and healing.

    The Young Folks
    June 05, 2016

    The foundation is there for a good documentary to happen, but the fact that amateurish filmmaking got in the way of the story really does a major disservice to the overall story.

    One Guy's Opinion
    June 01, 2016

    Tries to get across the ambiance of a community under the sway of a weirdly magnetic figure, but inevitably it comes up short; nonetheless the taste that it provides is chilling.

    Guardian
    May 27, 2016

    An uneven blend of news program, suspense narrative and toward the end, somewhat saccharine self-help exercise.

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