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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Variety - 9/10 by Robert Koehler The effect is one of a fabulous acting showcase more than a wholly finished work.
One Guy's Opinion - 9/10 by Frank Swietek A picture of some generalized power that's nonetheless unfocused and awfully high-pitched...too florid and messy to succeed as a whole.
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.
Movies for the Masses - 8/10 by Joseph Proimakis %u03B1%u03C0' %u03C4%u03B1 %u03B1%u03BE%u03B9%u03BF%u03BB%u03BF%u03B3%u03CC%u03C4%u03B5%u03C1%u03B1 %u03BD%u03C4%u03B5%u03BC%u03C0%u03BF%u03CD%u03C4%u03B1 %u03C4%u03B7%u03C2 %u03C7%u03C1%u03BF%u03BD%u03B9%u03AC%u03C2, %u03B2%u03C1%u03B1%u03B2%u03B5%u03C5%
Three Movie Buffs - 8/10 by Scott Nash When director Montiel gets out of his own way, the movie shines.
TV Guide - 8/10 by Maitland McDonagh Scenemaker Dito Montiel's rough, grating memoir of growing up in a poor, violent section of Astoria, Queens, in the mid-1980s features a few too many arty flourishes, but also packs a raw power that's hard to shake.
Combustible Celluloid - 8/10 by Jeffrey M. Anderson It's a complex web of characters... but Montiel handles them all, flashbacks and flash-forwards included, like a pro.

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