Saturday Church Reviews

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January 7, 2020
The two styles -- naturalistic drama and extravagant musical -- coexist a little awkwardly in the same movie, but the result is heartfelt and original.
February 22, 2019
Saturday Church may not be the type of musical destined to be put on in schools, but is certainly the type of film that demands to be made - and seen.
November 4, 2018
We're all in search of something, and with a story like Saturday Church, [Damon] Cardasis may just empower someone else can find their way to live courageously, too.
October 8, 2018
Despite the extravagant musical numbers, it's really a low key charmer; the lead character may be quiet, but his story so subtly effective, it'll stay with you long after the end credits roll.
August 21, 2018
Kain is a strikingly gifted young performer who openly expresses his heart without resorting to sentimentality.
February 2, 2018
In general, Saturday Church opens up a necessary conversation. It is a story of hope and redemption that had me crying by the end scene. Its use of visuals and color cleverly convey emotions without saying a word.
January 18, 2018
This charming debut feature from director Damon Cardasis is bursting with love, compassion and authenticity.
January 16, 2018
A sensitive look at a young man's exploration of his identity and sexuality.
January 15, 2018
In many ways, this Tribeca competitor is a must-watch, but too many missteps keep it from realizing its iconic potential.
January 12, 2018
This coming-out story is fairly routine, but it sets itself apart from dozens of similar stories with its deeply felt musical fantasy sequences.
January 12, 2018
A sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles.
January 12, 2018
... primarily deserves credit for conveying a message of tolerance that's more heartfelt than heavy-handed.
January 12, 2018
An audience pleaser for viewers of all persuasions who value honesty and a job well done.
January 11, 2018
Under the generous debut direction of Damon Cardasis, there's enough heart and raw truth here to uplift the moments that falter.
January 11, 2018
Given its compact running time, the film proves a surprisingly rich experience, one that effectively balances hope and possibility with some of the harsher realities of disenfranchised LGBTQ youth.
January 11, 2018
For all that it's familiar, it has an energy and charm all its own. It feels fresh and honest, and is one of the best coming out films of recent years.
January 11, 2018
It is a disarmingly and consistently sensitive movie that remains engaging even when its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp.
January 10, 2018
Swift, sweet, and spirited, Saturday Church is a gem.
January 10, 2018
Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist.
January 10, 2018
Writer-director Damon Cardasis follows a rather didactic approach to his 14-year-old's protagonist's plight in Saturday Church.
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