Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Even those of us who find anti-homosexual ''deprogramming'' to be hideously intolerant and naive may find ourselves oddly relieved that Mark is there (in a Christian rehab center).
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    An earnest drama about the futility of "rescuing" gay men back to Jesus, Save Me presents a paradox: It's an issue drama in which the most compassionately drawn character is on the other side of the issue.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A solid performance by the often underrated Judith Light lends considerable weight to this melodrama's controversial subject.
  4. 30
    Insipid, TV-bland drama.
  5. This is a modest, thoughtful, independent production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power.
  6. 70
    Save Me is a particularly flattering showcase for Gant, best known for his work on the TV show "Queer as Folk" and ready for a big-screen breakout.
  7. 25
    Sounds like a great idea for a gay porno, but the soapy Save Me actually takes itself seriously.
  8. What's admirable about Save Me is that it grounds its religious and cultural debate not in vilifying one side but in sympathizing with both.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    The first feature from new gay-focused production company Mythgarden, is a welcome exception in that it effectively dramatizes the issues without caricaturing or pillorizing either party.
  10. Doesn't poke fun at anyone's beliefs.
  11. For its intention to promulgate the compatibility of Christianity with homosexuality, Save Me deserves a footnote in the political battle between these traditionally adversarial groups. As a movie, it doesn't amount to much more than an after school-special with sex and profanity.
  12. 50
    Never quite shakes off its aura of second-rate made-for-TV movie, Save Me has a lot of heart but little nerve and no surprise.
  13. Reviewed by: Maureen M. Hart
    Allen and Gant are principals in Mythgarden, a movie production company that promotes gay and lesbian storytelling, and Save Me makes a respectable showing as an early effort.
  14. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Though Save Me never quite surmounts its schematic scenario, scene by scene, beat by beat, it's pretty damn good.

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