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Saved! Reviews

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Time Out
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
A minor work, yet it has a teasing lilt to it, and to make it at all took courage and originality.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 24, 2004
After two comically inventive scenes, it quickly turns soft and flat.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 11, 2004
Something puts the fear of God into Saved! about halfway in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2004
An afterschool special gone deliciously wrong.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 11, 2004
Blessed by a potent cast, Saved! lets its teens be teens -- pimples, if not warts, and all.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2004
There are many blessed moments in this movie.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 11, 2004
A wickedly funny movie well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11, 2004
Isn't as funny, or as wicked, as it should be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 11, 2004
This is one of the most intriguing rite-of-passage teen comedies in a long time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2004
It puts a new twist on the au courant genre of mean-teen comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
The characters are complex, conflicted and written with a sturdy understanding of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 10, 2004
Moore and Malone carry the movie, and both are terrific.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 2, 2004
A banal high school comedy in the guise of a scathing religious satire.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
May 28, 2004
A daring and acutely observed satirical comedy that's laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 28, 2004
Brian Dannelly's teen farce Saved! is about three teeth short of a full bite. But it leaves an indelible impression.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2004
An important film as well as an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
Condescending.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 27, 2004
Not only is Saved! subversively funny, it is unexpectedly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2004
A soft-bellied, sweet-tempered satire.
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 27, 2004
Lightweight and only sporadically amusing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 27, 2004
Spares us from offending any religious sensibilities by insulting our intelligence instead.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 27, 2004
Skewers hypocrisy and absolutism but not faith itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2004
Its wit and subversive charm get lost in a maze of mixed signals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 25, 2004
Makes the fatal error of trying to mollify its targets and ameliorate its own scorched earth.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2004
I liked it a lot, thumbs up.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 20, 2004
An acutely perceptive and boldly hilarious satire of fundamentalist education.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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.