Lacks resonance and a steady directorial hand.
For a movie with extremely loud punk-rock music at its core, "Ten Thousand Saints" is a pleasantly low-key experience; it's a small-scale character drama about learning to live with loss.
J. R. Jones
The film shows all the earmarks of a story too heavily compressed; the complications among the entwined families pile up after a while, and the period milieu feels arbitrary.
Jude, our narrator, is paper thin. His most memorable qualities are his gangly frame and his bright blue eyes.
It's a sensitive and interesting film.
"Ten Thousand Saints" pulsates with full-blooded supporting characters who create a tragic-absurd tapestry of decay and rebellion in the Ronald Reagan years, from depressed New England to volatile New York. It's too bad the center cannot hold.
A very fine film, full of quietly impressive performances and young characters who register as authentic.
It doesn't have a genuine moment. But even period authenticity would not compensate for cardboard characters and a contrived narrative.
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.