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Saint of 9/11 (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

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"Saint of 9/11" presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department Chaplain, rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Father Judge was a humble parish priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. Throughout his career as a friar, he lived a life of witness, action and love. He provided hope, warmth, compassion and

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Tears and emotions flow freely through the film, which successfully captures a little of the original horror and raw, unpoliticized emotion of that beautiful late summer day.

September 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Saint of 9/11, an unabashed tribute to Judge's life, struggles and Christian mission, does a good job of communicating what made Judge an inspiring figure to many, while making his life's work accessible and understandable.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you think you can't bear to see another World Trade Center movie, you should still see the new documentary, Saint of 9/11.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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... a cinematic elegy for Father Mychal Judge ...

September 8, 2006
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Overly reverent but still immensely touching ...

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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You come away from this movie with a bracing recognition that grace and perfection don't always share the same corners of the soul -- which doesn't and shouldn't prevent you from doing good works for others.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Judge comes off as a warm, smart and courageous priest free of pretensions.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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one more painful reminder of what New York lost that day

November 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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This impressively mounted, feature-length eulogy for the courageous Franciscan friar who devoted his life to bringing peace, solace and reconciliation to all in need makes a compelling argument for canonization.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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... a muddled enterprise.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

If a documentary makes you wish you had known its subject, it has definitely done something right.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hearing so many people speak lovingly of Father Mychal Judge helps overcome the wobbly nature of this well-intended but flawed tribute.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An extraordinary documentary about Father Mychal Judge who followed his natural caring impulse into a life of compassionate service of others.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film only scrapes the surface of Mychal Judge's personal life, but it does grapple with the way his personal identity shaped his righteousness.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Saint of 9/11

[font=Century Gothic]Father Mychal Judge was a Franciscan monk and New York Fire Department chaplain whose death at the World Trade Center on 9/11 was captured in a famous photograph. Since nobody should be known more for his death than his life, especially someone like Judge who cared for so many people, along comes "Saint of 9/11," an anecdotal documentary to rectify that. Basically, it has the feel of a funeral mass as his friends and colleagues, along with those he tended to, plus two who only knew him postmortem, speak about how he touched their lives, as he tried to make the world a better place from Nothern Ireland(his parents are from Ireland and he always felt a connection to that place) to AIDS patients(he was a closeted gay man) in the early days of the epidemic. Archival footage is also used, including some of him preaching but not nearly enough. And if you're going to employ Ian McKellen to narrate, make sure to get your money's worth.[/font]
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