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      A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

      2006, Drama, 1h 44m

      94 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      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. Read critic reviews

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      Dito Montiel (Robert Downey Jr.), a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother (Dianne Wiest), asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio (Channing Tatum), Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.

      • Rating: R (Pervasive Language|Drug Use|Sexuality|Some Violence)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Dito Montiel

      • Producer: Trudie Styler, Travis Swords, Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz

      • Writer: Dito Montiel

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $516.1K

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      • Distributor: First Look

      • Production Co: Xingu Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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      • Mar 24, 2010

        None too shabby but really nothing to write home about either. Very middle of the road and 'meh.' Not the worst 90 minutes I've spent in my life, but really theres nothing new to see here either. The acting is good for the most part, the script is okay most of the time and the directing is adequate. Never really climbs above the pit of mediocrity either though. If your into this kind of 'teens in trouble' type of movie give it a watch, but you've probably already seen it done better in the past. Not essential viewing, but not a total waste of time either.

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      • Jan 13, 2010

        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 engaging and every scene sent chills down my spine. The cinematography, the gritty look, the handheld camera shots, and the low-budget production values, are all contributing factors towards what I consider an overall masterpiece in independent filmmaking. Director Dito Montiel (in my opinion) has made his mark on cinema, creating believable characters to go along with a story that is inspired by true events. This film is a breathtaking work of subtle art filmography. I highly recommend this movie to film lovers. "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" is a beautiful little film!

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      • Jan 10, 2010

        I had to make great efforts to find a reason to watch this movie to the end.

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      • Jan 07, 2010

        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 Basketball Diaries has there been such a flawless sense of coming-of-age. It isn't a feel good teen comedy, but a very powerful and relentless tale of the city.

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