10,000 Saints

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.


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  • ★★★½ review by Krommedijk on Letterboxd

    Torn between the dull Vermont life and the grim reality of 1980s New York City, Jude loses his best friend only to discover a brand new life. Filmed in that typical 1980s style, Ten Thousand Saints reminded me of River's Edge - without its darkness. That, my friends, is something I consider a compliment.

  • ★★★½ review by Laurie on Letterboxd

    This wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be, but also I'd rather DIE than have to sit through another one of those romantic storylines where the main guy is in love with the girl and she doesn't care about him until the very end where she's like "oh wow you're actually the only nice guy around let's be together!" like 💀 escapism, fantasies and romantic clichés can be fun but this one is SO persistant and SO irritating and completely denies agency to the female characters ANYWAY I didn't want to rant but I guess I did after all

  • ★★★½ review by John on Letterboxd

    Based on the novel of the same name, Ten Thousand Saints tells a story of the post-nuclear family in the questionable hands of the baby boomer generation. While excessive at times with a plot that seems designed to purge an entire generation of self-absorbed parents from guilt, the characters are likable and the time and place is lovingly recreated. With Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, and Emile Hirsch.

  • ★★★½ review by kenfrankenstein on Letterboxd


  • ★★★½ review by Marion Fox on Letterboxd

    Though it fails to cram all of the story it wants to into without bein off balance and rushed, I did really like this. Ethan Hawke sure got better with age.

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