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Saved! (2004)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 56

A satirical teen comedy that, unfortunately, pulls its punches.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 19

A satirical teen comedy that, unfortunately, pulls its punches.



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"Good girl" Mary and her domineering best friend, Hilary Faye, are starting their senior year at the top of the social food chain at American Eagle Christian High School--that is until Mary's boyfriend tells her that he thinks he may be gay. When Jesus appears to her in a vision, she heeds his message to "do everything she can to help her boyfriend" and, to her horror, she ends up pregnant. Suddenly, Mary begins to question everything she's believed in, and Hilary Faye and her devoted


Drama, Comedy

Michael Urban, Brian Dannelly

Oct 5, 2004


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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (56) | DVD (25)

It's a shame the closing moral about a more pragmatic, inclusive approach to spirituality is conveyed with such a heavy hand.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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No doubt the filmmakers are bracing for -- even hoping for -- a display of ire from religious conservatives. But the truth is, nothing in Saved! stings.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A minor work, yet it has a teasing lilt to it, and to make it at all took courage and originality.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
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After two comically inventive scenes, it quickly turns soft and flat.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Something puts the fear of God into Saved! about halfway in.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Saved! ultimately can't quite go the distance, but it's a promising debut by a filmmaker to watch.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The real value lies with what its audience does afterwards

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Begins as a satire, ends with a renewal of faith.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A successful mix of John Waters' naughty sass with Frank Capra's' cordial sweetness, "Saved!" questions Christianity's constant urgency: Is salvation really unattainable for these teenagers if they're not seeking it this second, every second, 24/7?

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

"Saved!" starts out as a feisty satire on organized religion but sputters in its third act to an apologetic footnote for all that has come before.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

Brian Dannelly's movie waltzes across the floor of high school comedies like a new kid out to prove he's in a class of his own.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

As a superficial treatment of this important subject, it has its moments.

March 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Saved! could have been a challenging but affirming movie about the evangelical subculture -- if handled with the same love, acceptance and tolerance it preaches.

October 2, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Faith takes a hip, raised-eyebrow beating in this biting yet surprisingly earnest dark comedy.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

The idea is inspired and the enthusiasm evident in every aspect of story and performance.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Equal parts satire, spoof and teen comedy, Saved! is just a sweet and funny movie that starts off with bite but settles into an honest feeling of happiness and acceptance for all types of people and their choices.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I sat through this film with a perma-smile, and just thinking about it still makes me laugh.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Uma inteligente discussão sobre aceitação, fé e as conseqüências repugnantes do fundamentalismo religioso - tudo isto em uma embalagem divertida e irreverente.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Dannelly reflects the problems with contemporary Christianity brilliantly. But in deciding that mere tolerance will save the world, he fumbles the final act.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

For a light comedy this film says a great deal about some serious issues. The script shows a few rough edges but it beats many films of much higher pretensions.

November 24, 2004 Full Review
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The film is missing a degree of commitment, a willingness to dive headlong into this culture

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Set in a Christian high school, Saved! is a message film in the guise of a social satire. The film,however, is not as wickedly funny as it wants to be.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A thoroughly enjoyable teen comedy with something important to say.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Wholly lacking in conviction.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source:

...never quite manages to extinguish its after-school-special type vibe.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Saved!

I really liked this film! It was funny and it also gave out a positive message. A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A teen comedy with the typical cliques and baddies but also, many deep commentaries on love, sex, faith, humanity, and diversity. Every character achieves redemption in his or her own way, but that's okay because it echoes what the movie believes true Christianity should be.

The "shit - fuck - Goddamn" scene is excellent.
April 3, 2011

Super Reviewer

I thought it was hilarious in high school, gets less funny as an adult and you analyze da chuuch issues. Solid satire.
November 20, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Introspective, good cast and script, and blatantly different.
August 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Roland: What? It wasn't like it was some sort of secret. The guy was like a one man gay pride parade.
    – Submitted by Brittany B (14 months ago)
    1. Mary: Why would God make us all so different, if he wanted us to be the same?
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Cassandra: Did I ever tell you about the time I shoplifted a frozen turkey out of the Piggly Wiggly wearing only a tube top and some Daisy Dukes?
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Mary: Please let it be cancer! Please let it be cancer! Please let it be cancer!
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Hilary Faye: You know, smoking isn't just bad for you, it's bad for all of us. Second hand smoke kills.
    2. Cassandra: I'm counting on it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Hilary Faye: I'm saving myself until marriage and I'll use force if necessary.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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