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Lacks resonance and a steady directorial hand.
For a movie with extremely loud punk-rock music at its core, "Ten Thousand Saints" is a pleasantly low-key experience; it's a small-scale character drama about learning to live with loss.
The film shows all the earmarks of a story too heavily compressed; the complications among the entwined families pile up after a while, and the period milieu feels arbitrary.
Jude, our narrator, is paper thin. His most memorable qualities are his gangly frame and his bright blue eyes.
It's a sensitive and interesting film.
"Ten Thousand Saints" pulsates with full-blooded supporting characters who create a tragic-absurd tapestry of decay and rebellion in the Ronald Reagan years, from depressed New England to volatile New York. It's too bad the center cannot hold.
There's a lot wrong with [the movie], but I forgive it because most of the actors carry the movie's awkward melodrama--and because it's a reminder of an East Village that's quickly disappearing.
Springer Berman and Pulcini bring to the screen some realism and grunge which, along with good performances, keep the movie from dragging too much.
Equal parts sensitive and overwrought, intelligent and preachy.
The emotionally uneven film is more intriguing in parts than as a whole, with the periphery characters often more compelling than the somewhat passive protagonist.
The movie feels like a quickly-sketched version of something much, much bigger.
Ethan Hawke is so funny in Ten Thousand Saints that he nearly keeps the movie afloat.
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