A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.... (Full plot summary below)

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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.

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Empire Magazine Australasia - 9/10 by Luke Goodsell Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures.
FilmJerk.com - 9/10 by Brian Orndorf After the first 20 minutes, Saints smoothes out the kinks and starts to resemble the open wound collection of memories it was intended to be.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Jessica Reaves The memoirist turned screenwriter turned director has hit it out of the park with his first feature, crafting an unflinching, often brutal retrospective of his formative years in Astoria, Queens.
Metromix.com - 9/10 by Matt Pais Has a clarity of vision that can only come from a filmmaker telling his own story, blessed with perceptive hindsight and riveting performances all around.
Arizona Republic - 9/10 by Richard Nilsen Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience.
CHUD - 9/10 by Devin Faraci A truly powerful, moving and insightful look at the confusing cusp of adulthood and the scars it leaves you with.
thelondonpaper - 9/10 by Stuart McGurk The real star is Channing Tatum as the alpha-chimp leader of Dito's pack. The camera doesn't just love him, it wants to marry him, settle down, and have his babies.
Three Movie Buffs - 8/10 by Scott Nash When director Montiel gets out of his own way, the movie shines.
AV Club - 8/10 by Scott Tobias Montiel attempts to interweave past and present, but he yields so much time to his teenage years that the present-day material comes perilously close to looking like a framing story.
Arizona Daily Star - 8/10 by Phil Villarreal You don't watch "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints." You get mugged by it.
About.com - 8/10 by Rebecca Murray Every performance works; every actor is at the top of his or her game.
Los Angeles Daily News - 8/10 by Bob Strauss All in all, Saints is a good, tough memory piece and an above-average directing debut.

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