A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)



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.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Videos

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Photos

Movie Info

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.
Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Dito Montiel
Written By: Dito Montiel
In Theaters: wide
First Look Media - Official Site


Shia LaBeouf
as Young Dito
Eric Roberts
as Older Antonio
Federico Castelluccio
as Antonio's Father
Melonie Diaz
as Young Laurie
Anthony Tirado
as Street Corner Puerto Rican
Erick Rosado
as Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steven Payne
as Beach Chair Guy
Martin Compston
as Mike O'Shea
Marc Castle
as Drunken Man in Subway
Steven Randazzo
as Token Clerk
George DiCenzo
as Uncle George
Olga Merediz
as Aunt Mary
David Castro
as Reaper's Little Brother
Gilbert Cruz
as Queensbridge Bodega Man
Chance Kelly
as Prison Guard
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Critic Reviews for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (33)

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

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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
Top Critic

The movie never answers the question of why, exactly, the audience should care about these characters.

Full Review… | 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

Audience Reviews for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints on our Movie forum!

News & Features