• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Adam Salky
    In Theaters:
    Nov 13, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 9, 2010
  • Image Entertainment
  • Dare
    2 minutes 22 seconds
    Added: Oct 20, 2009


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Dare Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: AfterElton.com

February 12, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Brind's screenplay is pregnant with fascinating questions of identity and social anxiety. And Salky knows how to create a mood.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 3, 2009
Gerrick Kennedy
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Dare feels a bit unfinished, at once overreaching and underrealized. But there is a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring, in the basic conceit.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 13, 2009
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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 13, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2009
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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 12, 2009
Tim Grierson
Screen International

While not all the filmmakers' gambits work, this low-budget comedy is thematically daring and increasingly engrossing as it rolls along.

Full Review Source: Screen International

May 9, 2009

Adam Salky's entry into the coming of age genre ... tells the age-old story with a few interesting wrinkles.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 28, 2009
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine

Dare is substandard fare by all accounts, plucking its characters from past (and better) teen-angst films.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 11, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The actors, all great camera subjects, help give director Adam Salky's overly pat movie a trace of confessional conviction.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

November 11, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2009
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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Zach Gilford's game performance is still no match for the film's catalog of easy ironies, awkward framings, and advice on how to play Blanche DuBois cribbed from season 4, episode 2 of The Simpsons.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 10, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

(The film) failed to ring true for me...Too many of the sexual situations struck me as contrived.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: C-

July 22, 2009
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