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: November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter

What elevates Dare above the usual high school fare is the quality of the writing by David Brind, crisp direction by Adam Salky and a uniformly attractive and compelling cast led by the delightful Emmy Rossum.

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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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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

It is so fresh and fun.

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Peter Debruge

Though minor arcs play out in each piece, Dare lacks an overarching narrative to propel the entire film, so overall pacing feels uneven and long at just 90 minutes.

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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.

Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly

I've rarely seen a more rabidly inconsistent film -- astute one moment, stupid the next.

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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Kelly West

Dare portrays teenagers with actual depth, breaking away from the conventional stories we see so often in films involving high schoolers these days. It'll stick with you long after the movie's over.

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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
Erin Collins
I found this pointless with an end that left much to be desired.
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
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