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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use.

R In Theaters 09/29/2006 , 98min.
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July 23, 2009
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The Hollywood Reporter
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. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
hough the picture is wrenching, at times devastating, it leaves you with that buoyant feeling of having encountered a raw, authentic work of art. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
I suspect this guy can make a good movie if he learns the right lessons; he's made about half of one here. But the praise heaped upon A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is way too much, way too soon. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
This is an exceptionally assured debut, and Montiel exhibits rare care with editing and sound design. His real forte, though, is casting, to which a brief scene featuring Downey and the incandescent Rosario Dawson powerfully attests. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Like the boys, Montiel's first film is rough and uneven, with more energy than it knows what to do with. But it still manages to feel fresh and authentic, perhaps because it's so deeply autobiographical. Full Review

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