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June 24, 2006
It's a shame the closing moral about a more pragmatic, inclusive approach to spirituality is conveyed with such a heavy hand.
August 7, 2004
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 1, 2004
A minor work, yet it has a teasing lilt to it, and to make it at all took courage and originality.
June 24, 2004
After two comically inventive scenes, it quickly turns soft and flat.
June 11, 2004
Something puts the fear of God into Saved! about halfway in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2004
Saved! ultimately can't quite go the distance, but it's a promising debut by a filmmaker to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2004
An afterschool special gone deliciously wrong.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2004
Blessed by a potent cast, Saved! lets its teens be teens -- pimples, if not warts, and all.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2004
There are many blessed moments in this movie.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 11, 2004
A wickedly funny movie well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 11, 2004
Has the glitteringly satiric dialogue of Election -- and the soul of an after-school special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2004
Isn't as funny, or as wicked, as it should be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2004
There is undoubtedly a funny social satire to be set in a Christian high school, but Saved! is neither bold nor insightful enough to be it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
Once its premise is established, Saved! doesn't have anywhere to go, repetition creeps in, and jokes that might have otherwise been funny start eliciting groans instead.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
This is one of the most intriguing rite-of-passage teen comedies in a long time.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2004
It's a relevant, irreverent and emotionally honest film that suggests it's OK to laugh in church, at least every now and then.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2004
It puts a new twist on the au courant genre of mean-teen comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 10, 2004
The characters are complex, conflicted and written with a sturdy understanding of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2004
Moore and Malone carry the movie, and both are terrific.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 2, 2004
A banal high school comedy in the guise of a scathing religious satire.
May 29, 2004
Even though it pretends to be sharp and observant, it's really one of those 'Let every flower in the garden grow' movies, conspicuously lacking both guts and well-sharpened teeth.
May 28, 2004
A daring and acutely observed satirical comedy that's laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
Brian Dannelly's teen farce Saved! is about three teeth short of a full bite. But it leaves an indelible impression.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
The movie's satire is so mild that MGM is actually trying to market it to Christian audiences -- who will still find enough to be offended by -- but it provides a nice showcase for its young performers.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
An important film as well as an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2004
Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
May 28, 2004
Condescending.
May 27, 2004
Not only is Saved! subversively funny, it is unexpectedly sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
A soft-bellied, sweet-tempered satire.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2004
This teen satire set in a Christian high school is an admirable attempt to acknowledge the powerful influence of religion in contemporary American youth culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2004
Lightweight and only sporadically amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
Spares us from offending any religious sensibilities by insulting our intelligence instead.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 27, 2004
Skewers hypocrisy and absolutism but not faith itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 27, 2004
Its wit and subversive charm get lost in a maze of mixed signals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2004
Dannelly isn't just taking potshots at fundamentalism. He creates a viable world, then riddles its surface piety with underground transgressions that call into question not Christian belief but slavish, intolerant religious practice.
May 25, 2004
Makes the fatal error of trying to mollify its targets and ameliorate its own scorched earth.
May 24, 2004
I liked it a lot, thumbs up.
May 23, 2004
This is a shallow, anti-Christian film that relies on tired stereotypes and familiar situations to tar (and feather) everything with the same brush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 20, 2004
An acutely perceptive and boldly hilarious satire of fundamentalist education.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2004
Saved! serves up the treachery of modern-day high school crowded with stereotypical characters and generic conventions. Unfortunately, the film pontificates with a smug brashness, glorifying in its own slight subversions.