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In high school, what kind of person did you dare to be: risk-taking and lustful, melancholy and confused or simply safe and over-achieving? "Dare" follows three very different teenagers through the last semester of high school. There are Alexa, the overachieving good girl who longs to break out of her shell; Ben, the melancholy outsider confused about his sexuality; and Johnny, the rich kid who has everything, including good looks, but hides behind his bad boy persona. This unlikely trio fall into each other's lives and each other's arms, making a last ditch effort to shake… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Brind's screenplay is pregnant with fascinating questions of identity and social anxiety. And Salky knows how to create a mood."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dare is a high school coming-of-age film that dares to push the envelope. It doesn't always succeed, but that's not for lack of trying."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Unlike so many films that paint a rosy picture of adolescence for adults with fuzzy memories, Dare has the courage of its convictions."
‑ Alonso Duralde, AfterElton.com
"Dare is substandard fare by all accounts, plucking its characters from past (and better) teen-angst films."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"Adam Salky's entry into the coming of age genre ... tells the age-old story with a few interesting wrinkles."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The film lacks the comedic charm of American Pie, but with its dark, hyper-sexualization of teens, it offers an engrossing if not soap opera-esque tale of self-discovery."
‑ Gerrick Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
"The actors, all great camera subjects, help give director Adam Salky's overly pat movie a trace of confessional conviction."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Quite good in brief stretches but not distinguishable enough overall, freshman director Adam Salky's picture evinces the coming of age confusion he's chronicling."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"(The film) failed to ring true for me...Too many of the sexual situations struck me as contrived."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Dare feels a bit unfinished, at once overreaching and underrealized. But there is a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring, in the basic conceit."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Adam Salky's high-school soap offers a virtual Spumoni of caricatured adolescent hand-wringing. When subtlety equals a drama-class performance of A Streetcar Named Desire's rape scene, expect a bumpy ride."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Director Adam Salky nails down the notion that when your fantasies come true, sometimes they are awkward and unsatisfying. There's a reason they didn't seem realistic."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"While not all the filmmakers' gambits work, this low-budget comedy is thematically daring and increasingly engrossing as it rolls along."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
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