Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: Walter Thompson
Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 27, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/29/06
performer
Rosario Dawson, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri, Eric Roberts, Channing Tatum, Dianne Wiest
director
Dito Montiel
distributor
First Look
author
Dito Montiel
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

The gods of cool appear to have kissed Dito Montiel’s fingertips. First a street punk, then a downtown N.Y. hipster and musician, then a Sundance cat — now the first-time director has adapted A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, his memoir about growing up in ungentrified 1980s Queens, into something kinda fictional, kinda loose, and made a damn interesting piece. He also got Robert Downey Jr. to star as the grown-up ”Dito Montiel” and the lavishly talented Shia LaBeouf to play young Dito. This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.

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