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Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
January 26, 2007
Montiel constantly inserts the kind of "look at me, I'm a director!" touches that only remind viewers that he's an amateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2006
It's a poignant look at some boys who could use some saints preserving them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 17, 2006
It takes a while to recognize these saints, but the effort is worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 17, 2006
This is the sort of film that packs a wallop, emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2006
The movie never answers the question of why, exactly, the audience should care about these characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 10, 2006
Martin Scorsese made his ode to Little Italy, Mean Streets, back in 1973, which seems like an long time ago. But it hasn't been so long that it's acceptable for another film to cop its vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 10, 2006
The strong cast... is hamstrung by Montiel's insistence that all dialogue be delivered at shouting level.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
Dito Montiel's autobiographical film is full of raw emotional power and infused with painful observation %u2026 in which he unflinchingly lays it all bare. He doesn't even change his name for the central character
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 9, 2006
I think we can agree there's a problem with a movie that pretends to be gritty realism but also asks us to believe Rosario Dawson and Robert Downey Jr. are the same age, even though she's 27 and he's 41.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 31, 2006
If you enjoy films that are superbly acted, with incredible realism, and don't mind foul language, then this should be on your must-see list.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 31, 2006
The film is gritty and tense, and explodes with ferocity.
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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2006
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is inchoate, but it demonstrates that instincts and brio can compensate for a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 28, 2006
Has rather too much attitude for a simple tale about making peace with your past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2006
Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 25, 2006
A misfire.
Mike Russell
Oregonian
October 20, 2006
The story of Dito escaping and then facing his demons is meaningful. But that story is so buried in actorly noise that it feels false.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 20, 2006
By splitting up the story, Montiel does not spend enough time on either one. Both versions of Dito remain too much of a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2006
You don't watch "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints." You get mugged by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
October 20, 2006
After the first 20 minutes, Saints smoothes out the kinks and starts to resemble the open wound collection of memories it was intended to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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