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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Reviews

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October 29, 2017
A fairly forgettable movie.
December 27, 2016
I watched this on a whim this morning and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it. It's sad, but somewhat hopeful in the end. Great cast.
December 14, 2016
I absolutely love this film. From start to finish it's sensational. Shia in his first dramatic role nailed it as young Dito Montiel. Shias emotion is powerful--vulnerable, sad and felt on screen. Another person of note is young Channing Tatum who's electric and the camera loves him as the tough, young and out of control teenager with no path.

I highly recommend this film the cast is full of talent including Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Chazz Palminteri playing Ditos father who is fantastic as a stuck in your way Never leaving Queens mentality.

Lastly Diane west is great setting up the film for Dito to come home and is a big impact on how Dito is shaped growing up.

It's a coming of age story with a punch that really packs. Mesmerizing and nostalgic to the time period Dito Montiel gives you his friends and family take em or ironically....leave them.
November 21, 2016
Spectacular film which captures the essence of the era, city, and characters. Viewers are sure to be lured in by any one or more characters as well as by the personal nature of the story. The film serves as a sort of autobiography of the filmmaker, yet some of the events in the film are symbolic of events which actually took place, rather than being exactly what transpired. If one is looking for a captivating, bare bones roller coaster ride of emotions, bringing out laughter, sadness, sympathy, concern, and frustration, 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' will more than satisfy your craving.
November 16, 2016
I'm sure it's a fine film but it has almost nothing to do with the book which really sucks because the book tells a phenomenal story.
September 8, 2016
The adult scenes were kind of dragging down, but this realistic coming of age film is decent. It showcases the grittiness of urban life, with some decent performances all around. I would only recommend for hardcore fans of the cast or fans of gritty coming of age films.
September 18, 2015
A well done,gritty coming of age story that's well crafted...surprisingly good.
½ September 1, 2015
Knowing that the director experienced these events makes the film seem more moving. Whereas my first thoughts were that it is a jumbled mess with flat direction.
August 21, 2015
A good Shia lebouf movie to watch over and over
August 16, 2015
Channing Tatum and Shia LaBeouf shine in this coming of age tale told through the eyes of Dito Montiel. This is a must see.
August 3, 2015
Great movie very sad though
½ July 11, 2015
Flawed but entertaining coming of age drama.
½ January 8, 2015
It is a good movie, but it just didn't connect with me.
½ August 7, 2014
A little familiar, but genuinely affecting and really honest-feeling. Great acting and directing.
½ July 22, 2014
a generally good film. the acting/dialogue was well done, and i liked the documentary-like visual style which made the film more real. I thought the film was really intense - to think that such things actually happen in the world is horrible. I felt like the movie didn't really resolve, but i guess that's real life ...
½ July 7, 2014
Great emotion, great storytelling, good acting. Definitely worth a watch.
June 6, 2014
'I left everything, and everyone. But no one, no one has ever left me.'
½ May 31, 2014
A very different and raw movie, but great nonetheless.
April 22, 2014
Missed this first time around. Some great performances and editing to tell a straightforward story.
½ February 16, 2014
A powerful drama, with a very talented cast...
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