Saved! is a 2004 American teen-comedy drama film involving elements of religious satire.
Directed by: Brian Dannalley
Written by: Brian Dannalley, Michael Urban

Starring: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin

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Mary (Jena Malone) is a devout girl at a Christian high school, dating Dean (Chad Faust). But her perfect world begins to fall apart when Dean reveals that he’s gay. She receives a vision from Jesus and tries everything she can to help Dean, including offering her virginity. Unfortunately, Dean is sent to a treatment center to “cure” him, and Mary discovers she’s pregnant. When her friends turn on her, she finds solace with school misfits Roland (Macaulay Culkin) and Cassandra (Eva Amurri).

John A. Nesbit (Old School Reviews) The real value lies with what its audience does afterwards Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow (Common Sense Media) Begins as a satire, ends with a renewal of faith. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers (Suite101.com) A successful mix of John Waters’ naughty sass with Frank Capra’s’ cordial sweetness, “Saved!” questions Christianity’s constant urgency: Is salvation really unattainable for these teenagers if they’re not seeking it this second, every second, 24/7? Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey (ColeSmithey.com) “Saved!” starts out as a feisty satire on organized religion but sputters in its third act to an apologetic footnote for all that has come before. Full Review | Original Score: C
Amber Wilkinson (Eye for Film) Brian Dannelly’s movie waltzes across the floor of high school comedies like a new kid out to prove he’s in a class of his own. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten (Laramie Movie Scope) As a superficial treatment of this important subject, it has its moments. Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Hertz (Christianity Today) Saved! could have been a challenging but affirming movie about the evangelical subculture — if handled with the same love, acceptance and tolerance it preaches. | Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Bozdech (Hollywood.com) Faith takes a hip, raised-eyebrow beating in this biting yet surprisingly earnest dark comedy. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
(Time Out) It’s a shame the closing moral about a more pragmatic, inclusive approach to spirituality is conveyed with such a heavy hand. Full Review
(Empire Magazine) The idea is inspired and the enthusiasm evident in every aspect of story and performance. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don R. Lewis (Film Threat) Equal parts satire, spoof and teen comedy, 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. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark (FromTheBalcony) I sat through this film with a perma-smile, and just thinking about it still makes me laugh. Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça (Cinema em Cena) Uma inteligente discussão sobre aceitação, fé e as conseqüências repugnantes do fundamentalismo religioso – tudo isto em uma embalagem divertida e irreverente. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet (Looking Closer) Dannelly reflects the problems with contemporary Christianity brilliantly. But in deciding that mere tolerance will save the world, he fumbles the final act. | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper (Mark Leeper’s Reviews) For a light comedy this film says a great deal about some serious issues. The script shows a few rough edges but it beats many films of much higher pretensions. Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Jesse Hassenger (PopMatters) The film is missing a degree of commitment, a willingness to dive headlong into this culture Full Review
Emanuel Levy (EmanuelLevy.Com) Set in a Christian high school, Saved! is a message film in the guise of a social satire. The film,however, is not as wickedly funny as it wants to be. Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Turner (ViewLondon) A thoroughly enjoyable teen comedy with something important to say. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael (BBC.com) Wholly lacking in conviction. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews) …never quite manages to extinguish its after-school-special type vibe. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

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