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Ten Thousand Saints

Music . Comedy . Drama

A sweeping multigenerational story set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City of the late 1980s; adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young—and old—are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture.

Actors: Ethan Hawke , Asa Butterfield , Hailee Steinfeld , Emile Hirsch , Emily Mortimer , Julianne Nicholson , Avan Jogia , Jeff O'Donnell , Nadia Alexander , Lauren Milberger , Henry Kelemen
Directors: Shari Springer Berman , Robert Pulcini
Country: USA
Release: 2015-08-14
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  • Katie Walsh

    Though it’s dealing with difficult subject matter, the film teems with life throughout every funny, bittersweet, and wild moment, slapping a smile on your face that won’t go away and you don’t know why.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints offers both a premise and a setting ripe for nostalgic sentimentality but indulges in little of it.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sterlin Johnson

    The movie casts a wide net, but doesn't explore its themes long enough to make any substantial points. Despite its authentic setting, Ten Thousand Saints never gets around to providing a gratifying story to accompany it.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    If you are one of those people who romanticize the East Village in New York when it was at its grungiest, Ten Thousand Saints might be the movie of your dreams. Even if you’re not, it’s still a very fine film, full of quietly impressive performances and young characters who register as authentic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The movie has a lilting, generous spirit: Springer Berman and Pulcini, the filmmaking team behind the 2003 American Splendor, have a feel for human eccentricities and weaknesses, and they know how to draw the best from their casts.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    As always, Berman and Pulcini suffuse their movie with a let's-try-anything spirit — and liberate most of their actors. What keeps Ten Thousand Saints from being another "American Splendor" (2003) or "Cinema Verite" (2011) is that this time, their tapestry has a hole in the center, where their pale antihero cannot pull the colorful threads together.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The result, unfortunately, is a movie featuring a teenage hero who spends most of his screen time watching from the sidelines, passively observing events that just sort of happen around him.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    The cast all do well with banal material that’s beneath them, especially Emily Watson.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Even when tragedy strikes early on, the revelation is just another "growing up is hard" dot on the grid.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    It's an extremely effective context for this particular story, told with no nostalgia, lots of humor, and a cast of really watchable characters. They are "types," for sure, but the types are given room to breathe. It's a sensitive and interesting film. Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The movie captures the city vibrantly, in moments of beauty and brilliance.... But Jude, our narrator, is paper thin.

    Washington Post Full Review
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