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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 25, 2006
A misfire.
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
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
the adult scenes, though providing the film with structural ballast, also weigh it down.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 28, 2006
Guide is rich in nostalgia but it goes nowhere.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
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.
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Robert Koehler
January 23, 2006
The effect is one of a fabulous acting showcase more than a wholly finished work.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 29, 2006
'Stick to the book' isn't always the best advice for a screenwriter adapting a best- seller, but when it's his own memoir, it would lend a more certain authenticity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 13, 2006
The first-time filmmaker aspires to show us what caused him to leave his neighborhood and stay gone for 20 years. All I can really glean is that the place was too loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 7, 2007
...ultimately undone by Montiel's relentlessly ostentatious sense of style...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
October 12, 2006
Feels less like an honest memoir and more like a jacked-up memory of cool movies past. Now that [Montiel's] written what he knows, let's go ahead and see what he's got.
Jesse Hassenger
October 5, 2006
Why is this a movie, when it almost certainly works better as a novel with more time for all of its characters and atmosphere?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
September 29, 2006
Former hard-core punk rocker Dito Montiel's directorial debut, based on his memoir of the same name, has a raw street authenticity to it, but frequently runs into trouble when real life fails to follow a good story arc.
| Original Score: C
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2006
After a while, the crudeness and venality of the central characters proves as stifling as the incessant Queens summer heat does to our dubious protagonists.
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Andrew O'Hehir
September 27, 2006
The praise heaped upon A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is way too much, way too soon.
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 28, 2006
For just about every bit that throbs convincingly with the pain of an open wound or the thrill of a newfound love, there's some arty or self-serving flourish that doesn't achieve Montiel's desired effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 15, 2006
A picture of some generalized power that's nonetheless unfocused and awfully high-pitched...too florid and messy to succeed as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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