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Dare Reviews

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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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
July 22, 2009
(The film) failed to ring true for me...Too many of the sexual situations struck me as contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2009
Dare is substandard fare by all accounts, plucking its characters from past (and better) teen-angst films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joshua Tanzer
July 6, 2010
The movie has already made two fatal mistakes from which it has not recovered.
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Peter Debruge
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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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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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+
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
November 10, 2015
I've rarely seen a more rabidly inconsistent film -- astute one moment, stupid the next.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Kelly West
November 10, 2015
Dare portrays teenagers with actual depth, breaking away from the conventional stories we see so often in films involving high schoolers these days. It'll stick with you long after the movie's over.
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
November 10, 2015
It is so fresh and fun.
Alonso Duralde
February 12, 2010
Unlike so many films that paint a rosy picture of adolescence for adults with fuzzy memories, Dare has the courage of its convictions.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
Adam Lippe
November 12, 2009
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.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
May 9, 2009
While not all the filmmakers' gambits work, this low-budget comedy is thematically daring and increasingly engrossing as it rolls along.
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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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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
January 28, 2009
Adam Salky's entry into the coming of age genre ... tells the age-old story with a few interesting wrinkles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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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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