88

Chicago Tribune

The movie is awash in great performances by actors known and otherwise.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This is a gifted director who actually has something to say and knows how to say it. We'll be hearing from him again.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
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.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Most viewers will discover this picture - and it is worth discovering - when it is released on DVD.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Compelling.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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63

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
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.
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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.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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