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  • Summary: In this sweetly subversive comedy, a group of outsiders band together to navigate the treacherous halls of American Eagle Christian High School and make it to graduation, ultimately learning more about themselves, finding faith in unexpected places, and realizing what it truly means to beIn this sweetly subversive comedy, a group of outsiders band together to navigate the treacherous halls of American Eagle Christian High School and make it to graduation, ultimately learning more about themselves, finding faith in unexpected places, and realizing what it truly means to be Saved!. (MGM) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Susannah Gora
    100
    Boasts both wicked satire and a big heart, and as a result, is nothing short of brilliant.
  2. It's a great accomplishment and, at a time when satire is in short supply, a terrific surprise.
  3. The kind of breezy teen-pic that youngsters flock to nowadays, and this particular specimen is imaginative enough to explore an environment off Hollywood's beaten path. It's also broad-minded enough to portray the evangelical milieu with flair, satirize its foibles with restraint, and respect its ideals even as it shows how individuals may fall short.
  4. Despite a strong cast and a willingness to lampoon the fundamentals of fundamentalism, Saved! isn't as funny, or as wicked, as it should be.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The first 45 minutes of this wickedly clever comedy features the smartest, tartest high-school satire since Alexander Payne's "Election."
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    50
    After bravely lampooning an institution so many consider beyond reproach, Saved! chickens out, imparting its most direct and lasting message in its disappointing conclusion: Don't Offend. Amen.
  7. If you're mocking holier-than-thou-ness, you can't very well strike a hipper-than-thou tone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    Saved! is a must see for anyone who has survived the sterile Christian culture bubble and come out on the other side with a betterSaved! is a must see for anyone who has survived the sterile Christian culture bubble and come out on the other side with a better understanding of faith. The satire is humorous and spot on as it tackles the many quirks of a young Christian. The audience for this film is likely limited, but I still laugh out loud every time I watch it. My only criticism of the film lies with some of the subpar acting. Parker and Donovan are stellar and Fugit and Moore hold their own, but the wooden performances of Malone, Culkin, and Martino leave something to be desired. Still, I must recomend this film as one of my favorite comedies. Expand
  2. JC
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    (If there was a choice of 11 out of 10, I'd vote 11. )This movie was my favorite of all...and I'm crazy for movies. Before this I (If there was a choice of 11 out of 10, I'd vote 11. )This movie was my favorite of all...and I'm crazy for movies. Before this I couldn't choose my absolute favorite...but this is by far the best. i don't feel that this movie puts Christians down or brings them up...it just has over all good morals and shows just what kind of thoughts go through teens' heads. I'm Christian and I wasn't offended by it at all. You just have to forget about how offending religion can be...and just love the characters (Patrick ... :) ) and the humor. If you haven't seen it...make sure you do! Expand
  3. AnnTaylor
    Oct 27, 2006
    8
    Great movie.
  4. DaveC.
    Apr 10, 2006
    5
    Granted, it's not quite the malignant pile of crud that A Walk to Remember was, but this film could have been so much better. Characters Granted, it's not quite the malignant pile of crud that A Walk to Remember was, but this film could have been so much better. Characters aren't particularly interesting, some of the satire is enjoyable at first but the film doesn't really know where to go and the second half is barely distinguishable from any other bland, syrupy teen drama. It does raise some interesting questions though:- Why does the voice-over narrative in a film that is supposed to be lampooning Christian orthodoxy, address only Christian audience members with frequent casual references to Jesus? Why is atheism such a taboo even for the film-makers? Expand

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