Hail Satan? Reviews

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November 7, 2019
This engrossing documentary illuminates numerous facets of an outre circus with a serious purpose.
September 27, 2019
A very witty, smart, eye-opening and entertaining documentary.
August 21, 2019
[A] funny, light-hearted documentary...
May 10, 2019
Director Penny Lane frames her smart, level-headed documentary as a discussion about the Satanic Temple and its fight for religious equality.
May 10, 2019
The question mark in the title of Penny Lane's documentary on The Satanic Temple is integral to the story she's telling...a fine, thought-provoking effort.
May 2, 2019
These outspoken occultists consider themselves not so much part of a religion as a politically active agency espousing individualism, self-expression and liberty.
May 2, 2019
In keeping with the Temple's highly endearing sense of humour, Lane's doc approaches their activities with an irreverence that never feels mocking.
May 2, 2019
It's a sly primer in homegrown grassroots activism.
May 1, 2019
As a study in the art of media manipulation and civic trolling, "Hail Satan?" is informative and entertaining.
April 24, 2019
Consistent with her oeuvre, what she finds is surprising and much deeper and more important than the surface of goth makeup, unsettling rituals and weird symbolism initially suggests.
April 24, 2019
It's impressive how rarely you feel as if you're watching different movies.
April 24, 2019
"Hail Satan?" is too lacking in conflict (apart from the eternal one) to be a true study of a movement. But it's a highly entertaining survey.
April 20, 2019
A fascinating documentary about ragtag political activists making fundamentally serious mockery at a high level of media savvy.
April 19, 2019
Effectively captures a powerful snapshot of American society today from the point of view of men and women who've aligned with the ultimate misfit.
April 19, 2019
This light-footed movie is essentially a defense brief, on behalf of a group whose existence amounts to an ongoing prank-with-a-purpose.
April 18, 2019
Religious plurality is a cornerstone of constitutional freedom, and sometimes it takes a protester wearing Day-Glo-pink horns to remind us of that.
Top Critic
April 18, 2019
A richly entertaining new documentary on the Satanic Temple's exploits from director Penny Lane, who has become one of our foremost chroniclers of bizarro Americana.
April 18, 2019
A movie that often seems to teeter on the line between doc- and mockumentary - a sincere examination of a social and political movement delivered with just a soupçon of Christopher Guest.
April 18, 2019
Lane's film asks us: Is this not only what democracy looks like, but what religion looks like?
April 18, 2019
Boasting wild archival clips and a 7-foot Baphomet statue with a goat head and an Iggy Pop torso, "Hail Satan?" could easily be taken for the impish spawn of Michael Moore and Kenneth Anger.
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