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  • Summary: To Save a Life is the story of an all-American teen Jake Taylor, who seemingly has it all. Ever since Jake Taylor was a kid, he was the type of guy you couldn't help but like. He is popular, a basketball star, dates the best looking girl in school and his college plans are on track. Enter Roger Dawson, Jake's childhood best friend with whom Jake has grown apart since starting high school. Roger's life couldn't be more different from Jake's. After years of suffering silently. Roger walks onto campus and makes his final, tragic move. Roger's decision of his own that will forever change the people and the life he has always known. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 7 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Manages to be appealing, poignant and inspiring in ways that are gentle and quite real. This smartly calibrated film also pulls off something rare by presenting religious commitment as something that's not only potentially healing and elevating, but also kind of cool.
  2. 38
    Overlong and entirely too ambitious in the number of “issues” it tries to cover, To Save a Life wanders all over the place before reaching its very predictable conclusions.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Just as representations of human sexuality on film are often unpleasantly twisted by the grotesqueries of the porn industry, so, too, are filmic representations of religious conversion homogenized by the faith-based entertainment industry. Case in point: Debutante director Brian Baugh's To Save a Life.
  4. 25
    Produced with the best of intentions by a California church and directed without distinction by first-timer Brian Baugh, To Save a Life would be bland and boring even as a half-hour after-school special.
  5. To Save a Life wants to rescue kids from the Satanic messages of "Gossip Girl"--a benign, even worthy enough objective, but must alternatives to empty, materialistic adolescence require baptism in the Pacific?
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    The film would be a mere nuisance if not for its shameless exploitation of school shootings to advance its agenda.
  7. A well-meaning but ineptly made message movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. AllisonS
    Jan 27, 2010
    This movie really changed my life. After looking at the critic reviews it is clear that they completely missed the whole message of the movie. It challenged me to include everyone around me. So many times people are overlooked around us. This was a reminder to me that just a simple "hello" can mean a lot to someone and may even save a life. This is not all about Christianity like the critics make it out to be. Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2013
    Wow guys. Just wow. The critics couldn't have been more wrong on this one. Fantastic film. Unlike many christian films, this doesn't feel low budget, and the story is intense fun. Expand
  3. JanelleK
    Jan 24, 2010
    Parents need to take their adolescents to see this movie!!
  4. ErikR
    Jan 24, 2010
    Why do the critics resort to negative reviews to further prove their bias against Christianity? It's discouraging to know the true message of 'To Save A LIfe' went right over many of the reviewers' heads. Not the best cinematagoraphy by a long shot, but it does succeed at challenging the standard Christian walk as well as pushing a flawless theme. Expand
  5. DaneD
    Jan 28, 2010
    Reviews by professionals renew my belief that they've lost touch with the movie business. Great movie, great message, great delivery. Critics need to get in touch with the world. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2011
    this movie is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad. I mean its a good move but i almost cried 3 times during the movie. i just saw it at youth group. its sooooooooooooooooooooooo good but it will make u cry if u cry during sad movies Expand
  7. TomI
    Feb 1, 2010
    An instant cult classic. Think "Left Below" with the cast of "Saved by the Bell". I caught this after it showed up on Metacritic because I knew the users section would be flooded with irate apologists. A form of backlash I saw popping up almost immediately on the NYTimes review. Here it is in a nutshell: Everything is broken down into the simplest, after-school special, watered down, Hallmark card terms. Don't be fooled, anyone giving this above a 3 or so without being ironic is suffering from the delusion that these reviews weren't entirely objective and free of bias. All that said, and I say this without any anti-Christian agenda; if you don't mind throwing the money down for Rocky Horror level unintentional laughter then you'll have a good time. Expand

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