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  • Summary: Dare is a captivating story of high school seniors at the crossroads of their adult lives. When a pompous actor tells good girl Alexa that she hasn’t lived, she embarks on a bold journey that takes her to mysterious bad boy Johnny. Envious, her shy best friend Ben also dares to pursue Johnny, complicating Alexa’s romance and pushing the boundaries among the three friends. (Image Entertainment, Inc.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A smart and well-observed entry in the genre, is a cut above the usual hijinks.
  2. 70
    As it develops, Dare lays out some interesting psychological puzzles, though the filmmakers lack the technique to explore them as thoroughly as you might wish.
  3. 63
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Gerrick Kennedy
    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.
  5. Dare, a sweetly sexed-up high school triangle movie, is like a John Hughes comedy trying to pass itself off as ''transgressive.''
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    This "Cruel Intentions"-style cesspool of teenage hanky-panky may be more scandalous than its chaste Disney counterpart, but that doesn't necessarily make it any more authentic.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 19, 2013
    Dare does quite accurately depict young adults going through a transformative and confusing teenage as they're trying to navigate their sexual identities. Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford truly gave the boost this film needed. Especially Zach, who carried the emotions his character was going through in a constraint way, yet could also feel self-destructive at times. Do not expect too much going into it, as you can enjoy and understand this film and its characters fully without knowing much about it. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    It tries hard to be a "coming of age" movie, but in deciding to focus on sexuality as the sole issue for three teens it simplifies and degrades itself into a one trick pony i.e.message) short story. Alan Cumming has a juicy, if self righteously preachy, role as the "messenger" but the message is rather sophomoric, as is the film. Zach is his usual persona: overtly complex, but basically angst ridden. The character of Ben is ridiculously shallow; a gay teen not just coming out but spewing out. The parents are all shallow characters, as they always seem to be in these teen "who are we?" movies. It's mostly pretentious drivel chock full of quasi intellectual writing. Expand

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