To Save a Life
To Save a Life (2010)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Andy Webster
New York Times

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.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

Whether or not youth audiences will grasp the full human, religious, spiritual and moral landscape or implications of what [To Save a Life] is saying and what Jake is seeking, ample resources are available for reflection and reinforcement.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

This is a deftly acted, generally absorbing cautionary tale with wider allure than its faith-based label may imply.

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Brian Orndorf

Takes two solid hours to make its trite points on faith and personal salvation, growing more unbearable as it goes.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

To Save a Life would be bland and boring even as a half-hour after-school special.

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Andrew Barker

Hints at becoming a thoughtful portrait of a teen's spiritual crisis, then abandons all narrative integrity to hit its church-mandated marks.

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Nell Minow

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Great movie for anyone with a teenager.
Caesar Mendez
Now I never heard of To Save A Life myself but from what my friends told me it has a "cult following" and many people like it. So I checked it out… More
Eric Shankle
"To Save a Life" has probably broken the record for most cliches in a movie. Aside from that, it offers terrible directing, editing, and acting. Like… More
Bradley Wright
My cousin says this is her favorite movie ever, to me it was a way to spend the afternoon. As a christian, I enjoyed the way they respect God and he changes… More
Jim Careter
My cousin says this is her favorite movie ever, to me it was a way to spend the afternoon. As a christian, I enjoyed the way they respect God and he changes… More
Dillon Lupky
Cliched characters, messy direction, predicatable script, sloppy acting and annoying religous themes make it unenjoyable for people outside its targeted… More

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