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Dare Reviews

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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2015
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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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 6, 2010
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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 3, 2009
Brind's screenplay is pregnant with fascinating questions of identity and social anxiety. And Salky knows how to create a mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gerrick Kennedy
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2009
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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 13, 2009
Dare feels a bit unfinished, at once overreaching and underrealized. But there is a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring, in the basic conceit.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 11, 2009
The actors, all great camera subjects, help give director Adam Salky's overly pat movie a trace of confessional conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
November 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
November 10, 2009
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.