To Save a Life
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Jake Taylor has it all: friends, fame, a basketball scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better? Enter Roger Dawson. Roger has nothing. No friends. No hope. Nothing but putdowns and getting pushed aside. Things couldn't get worse...could they? Jake and Roger were best friends when they were kids. But the politics of high school quickly pulled them apart. Now Roger doesn't fit in Jake's - or anyone's circle - and he's had enough. He walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket and pain in his heart and makes a tragic move. Jake's last-ditch effort… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the biggest problems in most Christian genre movies is their lack of edge, a reluctance on the part of the filmmakers to show ugly reality."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"But forget the lame performances and arch, preachy sentiment; the movie's sham hip-hop and spurious alternative music alone should keep teenagers away. Thank goodness."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Takes two solid hours to make its trite points on faith and personal salvation, growing more unbearable as it goes."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Will the vague messages get across? Will viewers take anything out other than a missive to be kind and inclusive? Some certainly will. Some won't."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"As far as proselytizing Christian films go, this one is better than most, even if it's rather like an after-school special drawn out to inordinate length."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Miles ahead in terms of production values and an avoidance of overt proselytizing. It'll likely be an enormous hit with the evangelical communities at which it's targeted. That doesn't save it from being an utter failure outside that narrow context."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"This is a deftly acted, generally absorbing cautionary tale with wider allure than its faith-based label may imply."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"One of its strengths is its willingness to engage candidly and open-heartedly with the real issues that confront teenagers, giving it some heft and credibility."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"What's worthy about "To Save A Life" comes purely from its nutritional value, and if a teenager becomes a more empathetic person as a result of seeing it, then it's worth it for him. A lot of his friends, though, might be too bored to get to the redemptio"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"One of the problems with Christian films is that they can come off as very preachy. "To Save a Life" doesn't necessarily tone down its religious overtones, but it does try to make the religious aspects as organic as possible."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"To Save a Life would be bland and boring even as a half-hour after-school special."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Hints at becoming a thoughtful portrait of a teen's spiritual crisis, then abandons all narrative integrity to hit its church-mandated marks."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"I can see this being a positive influence for many who watch it and for some it could possibly even make a huge difference, and you don't get that from many movies these days."
‑ Danny Minton, Fort Bend Sun
"This faith-based movie wasn't meant to vie for an Academy Award. It's a think piece for adolescents, church groups and counselors."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Message-heavy teen drama with iffy behavior, dark themes."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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