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Thriller . Mystery . Horror

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Actors: Manuel Bronchud , Jorge Yamam , Carlos Vicente , Jorge-Yamam Serrano , Vicente Gil , Pablo Rosso , Carlos Lasarte , David Vert , Martha Carbonell , Ferran Terraza , Manuela Velasco
Directors: Jaume Balagueró , Paco Plaza
Country: SPAIN
Release: 2007-11-23
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  • Don R. Lewis

    Downey Jr. and LaBeouf as Dito as well as Chazz Palminteri as Monty are outstanding. Channing Tatum (who I've never heard of) is also amazing as the tortured soul Antonio.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Jessica Reaves

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

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    It's forceful and alive and spilling over with crazy poetry.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    hough the picture is wrenching, at times devastating, it leaves you with that buoyant feeling of having encountered a raw, authentic work of art.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    In "A Guide," passion and imagination go a long way in transforming seemingly conventional material and characters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

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

    ReelViews Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein


    San Francisco Chronicle 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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film feels like an earnest retread over old territory, albeit one that intermittently comes to life thanks to an amazing cast, expressive cinematography by French master Eric Gautier (Irma Vep), and Montiel's obviously heartfelt sentiments.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Arnold

    One of the American cinema's rare excursions into pure autobiography: the movie is Montiel's own coming-of-age story, with little or nothing disguised as fiction.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is inchoate, but it demonstrates that instincts and brio can compensate for a lot.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    Premiere Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Writer-director Montiel creates a movie of many parts that don't always congeal. Mix this with the many meaty scenes and a roster of often exceptional actors and the effect is one of a fabulous acting showcase more than a wholly finished work.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    Whatever the first-time filmmaker lacks in subtlety and finesse--not even the snow-white Sundance Screenwriters Lab could bleach Montiel's script of its corner-deli grit--he recoups by other, more playfully attitudinal means.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Duane Byrge

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter 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
  • M. E. Russell

    The story of Dito escaping and then facing his demons is meaningful. But that story is so buried in actorly noise that it feels false.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
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