To Save a Life Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
August 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
August 2, 2010
I can see this being a positive influence for many who watch it and for some it could possibly even make a huge difference, and you don't get that from many movies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 2, 2010
This faith-based movie wasn't meant to vie for an Academy Award. It's a think piece for adolescents, church groups and counselors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 23, 2010
One of the problems with Christian films is that they can come off as very preachy. "To Save a Life" doesn't necessarily tone down its religious overtones, but it does try to make the religious aspects as organic as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 22, 2010
Inspirational, genuinely heartfelt and captivating. It's a profound, tender and uplifting journey toward enlightenment and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2010
This is a deftly acted, generally absorbing cautionary tale with wider allure than its faith-based label may imply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2010
Takes two solid hours to make its trite points on faith and personal salvation, growing more unbearable as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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July 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/10
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
March 5, 2010
Will the vague messages get across? Will viewers take anything out other than a missive to be kind and inclusive? Some certainly will. Some won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 4, 2010
What's worthy about "To Save A Life" comes purely from its nutritional value, and if a teenager becomes a more empathetic person as a result of seeing it, then it's worth it for him. A lot of his friends, though, might be too bored to get to the redemptio
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 25, 2010
As far as proselytizing Christian films go, this one is better than most, even if it's rather like an after-school special drawn out to inordinate length.
Full Review | Original Score: C
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
January 22, 2010
Message-heavy teen drama with iffy behavior, dark themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 22, 2010
To Save a Life would be bland and boring even as a half-hour after-school special.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
January 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: .5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 22, 2010
Writer Jim Britts and director Brian Baugh know what they want to say but ultimately fall short of delivering the full-blooded drama they're after. And at two hours the film is way too long.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2010
A well-meaning but ineptly made message movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Andrew Barker
January 21, 2010
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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