A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Critic Score

76%

User Score

74%
In theaters Sep 29, 2006
R, 1 hr. 38 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: This is the story of a pivotal summer on the hot, sweaty, violent streets of Astoria, Queens--a summer that changed only Dito Montiel, but the lives of everyone around him. Torn between is ill father,
Director: Dito Montiel
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Sep 29, 2006
DVD Release: Feb 20, 2007

Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a lively, powerful coming-of-age tale with winning performances and sharp direction from first-timer Dito Montiel.
  • Given all the filmed memory pieces about screaming, violent Italian-American families in New York boroughs, I'm not especially thrilled by even a well-made example. More...
  • The plot itself might not break much new ground, but the telling, by both cast and crew, makes this a memoir to remember. More...
  • It takes a while to recognize these saints, but the effort is worth it. More...
  • The movie never answers the question of why, exactly, the audience should care about these characters. More...
  • Though A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is not a great movie, I prefer its street-grit version of adolescent desperation to the arch, mannered tone of Running With Scissors. More...
  • Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience. More...
  • A misfire. More...
  • 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. More...
  • It's not the whole, rough-edged film that appeals most, but the individual moments that feel exactly right, accumulating to form a lasting impression. More...
  • The results, although a bit uneven, are never less than compelling to watch and won a couple of awards at Sundance last year, including a directing prize. More...

User Reviews

  • This depiction of harsh times in the Bronx is portrayed with perfection! I thought the performances from LaBeouf and Tatum were amazing! The plot is...
  • Fizzes a bit at the end and didn't really like the adult cast, but the parts of this in flashback in the 70's were interesting. Kind of like "Kids"....
  • I hated the first half of this film. I found the characters to be annoying, the direction irritating and the writing/script diabolical. To be fair...
  • You can?t help but think of films such as ?A Bronx Tale? and ?Sleepers? when viewing this film, perhaps more intense and perhaps more gritty in parts,...
  • An amazing movie that has a great visual style and a compelling story. The acting was amazing and a lot more realistic than you usually see. Not since...
  • Robert Downey Jr., Shia Labeouf, Chazz Palminteri, Channing Tatum, Dianne West, Rosario Dawson This is the story of a pivotal summer on the hot,...
  • "My name is Dito and I'm going to leave everyone in this film." The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y.,...
  • I didn't think it was possible for one movie to have such terrible, underachieving writing and incredible, creative directing, but that's the case...
  • A sometimes impressive film detailing life on the streets of Queens, New York during the 1980's. Extremely well-acted at times (with the raw verbal...
  • the acting in this one was fantastic. the story was fairly pointless and you cant really connect with the characters, really just a well acted movie...