Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dare, a sweetly sexed-up high school triangle movie, is like a John Hughes comedy trying to pass itself off as ''transgressive.''
  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. Think of the film from director Adam Salky and screenwriter David Brind as "Pretty in Pink" crossed with "Cruel Intentions."
  5. 40
    There’s one bright spot amid all the awkward groping and abundant onscreen texting, and his name is Zach Gilford.
  6. A smart and well-observed entry in the genre, is a cut above the usual hijinks.
  7. Reviewed by: Gerrick Kennedy
    60
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    40
    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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    5
    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 andIt 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2013
    8
    Dare does quite accurately depict young adults going through a transformative and confusing teenage as they're trying to navigate their sexualDare 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. Full Review »
  3. FilmJerk
    Nov 14, 2009
    9
    I really enjoyed this film! The village voice are a bunch of snobby hipsters. This is a film that deserves to find an audience. Love the Zach I really enjoyed this film! The village voice are a bunch of snobby hipsters. This is a film that deserves to find an audience. Love the Zach Gilford in this. Great things coming from him. Full Review »