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.
Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News, 2016-06-03
With unprecedented access to archival footage and former members of The Buddhafield, it's impossible to look away from Holy Hell.
Katie Walsh, The Playlist, 2016-05-28
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.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2016-05-27
Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.
Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, 2016-05-26
It's ham-fistedly structured to withhold information for maximum dramatic impact. But that impact, as predictable as it is, hits hard.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2016-05-26
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.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2016-05-26
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.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2016-05-24
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;
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-04-29
"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?
Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com, 2016-05-28
Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members.
Sam Fragoso, TheWrap, 2016-05-26
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.
David Ehrlich, indieWIRE, 2016-05-25