Dare (2009)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Brind's screenplay is pregnant with fascinating questions of identity and social anxiety. And Salky knows how to create a mood.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Alonso Duralde

Unlike so many films that paint a rosy picture of adolescence for adults with fuzzy memories, Dare has the courage of its convictions.

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Gerrick Kennedy
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The actors, all great camera subjects, help give director Adam Salky's overly pat movie a trace of confessional conviction.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Dare feels a bit unfinished, at once overreaching and underrealized. But there is a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring, in the basic conceit.

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David Fear
Time Out

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.

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Adam Lippe

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
What a surprise! I knew nothing about this movie and watched based on my Netflix recommendation. For this movie, it was right on. It seems to be a typical… More
jay nixon
Nothing special and why do these high school seniors all look over 25? Because they are! With teen actors everywhere you look they couldn't find three to… More
Cast: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Rooney Mara, Ana Gasteyer, Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Michael Cassidy, Cady Huffman, Brianne Berkson, Adam… More
Doctor Strangeblog
Ironic title for a film that wants to push boundaries but refuses to go all the way. A love triangle setup with two guys and a girl is seldom seen, but each… More
Jake ....
Dare really has a lot of potential genuis, but ultimately it falls flat. The film is incredibly scattered and really does not have any focus, and to top it off,… More
Sunil Jawahir
I enjoyed this quite a bit. Emmy Rossum was a lot of fun, as was the rest of the cast.