A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures.

Ben Walters
Time Out

The plot itself might not break much new ground, but the telling, by both cast and crew, makes this a memoir to remember.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Cole Smithey

Dito Montiel adapts his autobiographical 2001 novel into a vivid slice-of-life drama from the Jim Carroll school of disaffected coming-of-age New York journalism.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It takes a while to recognize these saints, but the effort is worth it.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience.

Brandon Fibbs

It is its very autobiographical roots that make Saints an emotional wallop, a raw, authentic work that is, at its defiant core, violently and unrestrainedly alive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This depiction of harsh times in the Bronx is portrayed with perfection! I thought the performances from LaBeouf and Tatum were amazing! The plot is extremely… More
Conner Rainwater
An amazing movie that has a great visual style and a compelling story. The acting was amazing and a lot more realistic than you usually see. Not since The… More
Nicki Marie
Fizzes a bit at the end and didn't really like the adult cast, but the parts of this in flashback in the 70's were interesting. Kind of like… More
Robert Downey Jr., Shia Labeouf, Chazz Palminteri, Channing Tatum, Dianne West, Rosario Dawson This is the story of a pivotal summer on the hot, sweaty,… More
Lady D'arbanville
You can?t help but think of films such as ?A Bronx Tale? and ?Sleepers? when viewing this film, perhaps more intense and perhaps more gritty in parts, but can?t… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"My name is Dito and I'm going to leave everyone in this film."</i> The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in… More