Saved!

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38

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  1. 60
    Saved! is just a sweet and funny movie that starts off with bite but settles into an honest feeling of happiness and acceptance for all types of people and their choices.
  2. This comedic jape delivers some sharp jabs at obvious targets, namely the boosterish excesses of American religiosity.
  3. 60
    Saved! is a minor work, yet it has a teasing lilt to it, and to make it at all took courage and originality. [31 May 2004, p. 88]
  4. 60
    The first 45 minutes of this wickedly clever comedy features the smartest, tartest high-school satire since Alexander Payne's "Election."
  5. The movie is facile, but mostly sweet and entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    60
    It starts off very sprightly and witty and maintains a high giggle-count throughout.
  7. 50
    If director Brian Dannelly were interested in taking his film into the realm of camp, the gag might have worked, but as is, it simply gives the impression that he doesn't quite know what he's talking about.
  8. 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.
  9. It's no great surprise that after a tough beginning, Saved! soon starts to sound a lot like the inspirational TV movie (with Valerie Bertinelli).
  10. It has a bright young cast and a clever, eclectic soundtrack, but the tone veers unsteadily from mockery to preachiness, and the story loses its breath, hopping from one clumsily paced scene to the next.
  11. 50
    Yet another teen comedy that tries to have it both ways -- basically, "Mean Girls" with crucifixes instead of designer jewelry.
  12. 50
    The reality is that it's neither hip nor funny: Instead, it's excessively broad one minute and unctuously instructional the next.
  13. There's plenty to offend Christians and non-Christians in Saved! but little to trouble either: The movie vanishes in memory like morning mist expelled by the first stiff breeze.
  14. 50
    The problem with Saved!, which is often bright and likable, is that its central point -- extremism, religious or otherwise, is bad -- is too obvious for a satire.
  15. A mean-spirited exercise in hypocrisy.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 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. Full Review »
  2. AnnTaylor
    Oct 27, 2006
    8
    Great movie.
  3. 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? Full Review »