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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The framing sequences with Downey and the climactic scenes between father and son are a mess. Downey, at 41, is too old to be playing a character who can be no more than 31 or 32, and 50-year-old Eric Roberts is an even greater distraction as Montiel's imprisoned friend Antonio. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    The movie is awash in great performances by actors known and otherwise. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This is a gifted director who actually has something to say and knows how to say it. We'll be hearing from him again. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Scenemaker Dito Montiel's rough, grating memoir of growing up in a poor, violent section of Astoria, Queens, in the mid-1980s features a few too many arty flourishes, but also packs a raw power that's hard to shake. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Most viewers will discover this picture - and it is worth discovering - when it is released on DVD. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The first-time filmmaker aspires to show us what caused him to leave his neighborhood and stay gone for 20 years. All I can really glean is that the place was too loud. show more

  • 63
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    For my money, if I'm in the mood for the kind of aesthetic and emotional experience Saints is selling, I'll just blast Jim Carroll's more concise (and rocking!) "People Who Died" out of my iPod. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As it dips in and out of the boys' lives, and occasionally wanders back to the contemporary Dito surveying the old neighbourhood, Saints never really integrates its two time periods. show more

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