To Save a Life Reviews

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August 11, 2017
Whether or not youth audiences will grasp the full human, religious, spiritual and moral landscape or implications of what [To Save a Life] is saying and what Jake is seeking, ample resources are available for reflection and reinforcement.
February 18, 2012
November 24, 2011
August 26, 2010
Takes two solid hours to make its trite points on faith and personal salvation, growing more unbearable as it goes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2010
Message-heavy teen drama with iffy behavior, dark themes.
January 22, 2010
To Save a Life would be bland and boring even as a half-hour after-school special.
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.
January 22, 2010
Inspirational, genuinely heartfelt and captivating. It's a profound, tender and uplifting journey toward enlightenment and compassion.
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.
January 22, 2010
A well-meaning but ineptly made message movie.
January 22, 2010
This is a deftly acted, generally absorbing cautionary tale with wider allure than its faith-based label may imply.
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