A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

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Critic 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.

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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, his domineering friend and protector Antonio, the neighborhood war and the lustful temptations of youth, Dito struggles against his desire to escape, running away from everything he knows. He finds redemption 15 years later when he returns to Queens and faces the "saints" who have influenced his life.
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R (for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use)
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Drama
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$420,603.00
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Cast

Eric Roberts
as Older Antonio
Shia LaBeouf
as Young Dito
Channing Tatum
as Antonio
Martin Compston
as Mike O'Shea
Melonie Diaz
as Young Laurie
Julia Garro
as Diane
George DiCenzo
as Uncle George
Federico Castelluccio
as Antonio's Father
Adam Scarimbolo
as Guiseppe
David Castro
as Reaper's Little Brother
Olga Merediz
as Aunt Mary
Steven Randazzo
as Token Clerk
Chance Kelly
as Prison Guard
Tibor Feldman
as Teacher
Gilbert Cruz
as Queensbridge Bodega Man
Steven Payne
as Beach Chair Guy
Anthony Tirado
as Street Corner Puerto Rican
Erick Rosado
as Puerto Rican Van Driver
Marc Castle
as Drunken Man in Subway
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Critic Reviews for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The plot itself might not break much new ground, but the telling, by both cast and crew, makes this a memoir to remember.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It takes a while to recognize these saints, but the effort is worth it.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Toronto Star
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The movie never answers the question of why, exactly, the audience should care about these characters.

November 17, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience.

October 26, 2006
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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 extremely engaging and every scene sent chills down my spine. The cinematography, the gritty look, the handheld camera shots, and the low-budget production values, are all contributing factors towards what I consider an overall masterpiece in independent filmmaking. Director Dito Montiel (in my opinion) has made his mark on cinema, creating believable characters to go along with a story that is inspired by true events. This film is a breathtaking work of subtle art filmography. I highly recommend this movie to film lovers. "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" is a beautiful little film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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". Enjoyed the music too!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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, but can?t help being slightly disappointed with the anti-climatic ending after being built up so much. What I did like about this film, was the building on the individual characters, they seemed to have much depth to them, something I wouldn?t have particularly thought of seeing from Shia Laboef and Channing Tatum and was a pleasant surprise. This was most definitely an Actor driven film opposed to storyline, which gave it believabiltity as a true story.

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