To Save a Life (2010)



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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 couldn't get worse...could they? Jake and Roger were best friends when they were kids. But the politics of high school quickly pulled them apart. Now Roger doesn't fit in Jake's - or anyone's circle - and he's had enough. He walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jim Britts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Box Office: $3.7M
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as Jake Taylor

as Amy Briggs

as Roger Dawson

as Doug Moore

as Danny Rivers

as Matt McQueen
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Critic Reviews for To Save a Life

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2010
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for To Save a Life


Great movie for anyone with a teenager.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


"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 all Christian films, it is predictable, but not only that, it portrays high-schoolers in a very unrealistic way. It also has multiple mixed messages that are forced upon the audience, none leaving any lasting impact. As far as Christian films go, this is the best, but that doesn't mean it's any good.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer


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 his faith, but it took a wild turn and was pretty intense and depressing, it could've been so much more.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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