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They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in this look at one of the most polarizing religious and sexual debates in America, filmmaker Robert Cary attempts to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. Mark (Chad Allen) is a young gay man who has fallen into a dangerous cycle of hard drugs and risky sex. Recognizing that his sibling may not have the strength to pull himself back from the edge, Mark's brother checks him into the Genesis House Christian retreat in New Mexico -- a place far removed from the temptations of the big city. Genesis House is run by a deeply… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Allen brings such conviction to the part that it's almost possible to look past the gaps in Mark's development. In the end, you may not buy each step he takes, but you respect Allen's attempt to make the effort seem genuine."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"This earnest, well-acted melodrama has compassion for all of its characters, who include gay men and the Christians dedicated to healing them of their 'brokenness'."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Interesting, provocative film about one of the most polarizing issues in our culture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A be-true-to-yourself message prevails, one that can be safely stretched to it's-OK-to-be-gay. But the film never definitely takes the stand that homosexuals can't be 'converted.'"
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"A film that stands the best chance of winning the hearts and minds of those who now embrace the gay 'recovery' movement."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The first release from the gay-oriented Mythgarden production company, Save Me still bodes well for its evenhanded approach."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Save Me doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs. It takes a more nuanced humanistic approach."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"tough, tight, and thought-provoking, a small-scale indie success for everyone involved."
‑ Don Willmott,
"While Save Me does seem like a TV movie, it is refreshingly honest and heartfelt."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"The film refuses to follow any one strand of political logic, and as such exists on an insufficient amount of thematic oxygen to support its loaded dramatic context."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A melodrama better suited to the Logo network than to theaters."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"This is a modest, thoughtful, independent production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"As a movie, it doesn't amount to much more than an after school-special with sex and profanity."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Here after a long dry spell is an example of queer filmmaking at its best. Hallelujah my gay brethren!"
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"An emotionally powerful drama with the potential to build bridges of understanding between gays and the Religious Right."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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