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  • Summary: Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians, HELLBOUND? is a feature-length documentary that looks at why we are so bound to the idea of hell and how our beliefs about hell affect theDoes hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians, HELLBOUND? is a feature-length documentary that looks at why we are so bound to the idea of hell and how our beliefs about hell affect the world we are creating today. (Area23a) Expand

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  1. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Oct 4, 2012
    80
    It's an engaging, accessible documentary that explores the (truly) eternal questions, "Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why?"
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 30, 2012
    70
    By narrowing its range of voices to Christian leaders, thinkers and writers, Kevin Miller's sober, stimulating documentary on the hot topic of eternal damnation necessarily limits its audience, but achieves a level of rhetorical eloquence that would theoretically appeal to open-minded viewers of any religious stripe.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 17, 2012
    50
    Fitfully engaging, but the documentary turns into a touchy-feely isn't-it-wonderful-we're-all-saved love fest as soon as the universalists begin to dominate the interview segments.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 18, 2012
    50
    To the atheist, the various interpretations might seem as so many angels dancing on the head of a pin, but any admirer of good talk will be impressed by the scholasticism and pulpit-trained oratory here, as well as some choice fighting words: "Evangelicism in America is what the pharisees were to ancient Egypt."
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    Given the subjectively interpretive nature of scripture and ancient religious history, which informs most of the Christian-centric debate here, the result is an often dense, contradictory discourse.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    Mr. Miller makes a questionable choice in setting the film against the backdrop of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, and he lingers too long on an offensive fringe group that hangs out near ground zero with signs saying the terrorist attacks were God's will. But for most of the way, his treatment is substantive and evenhanded.

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