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.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-08-27
A very fine film, full of quietly impressive performances and young characters who register as authentic.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2015-08-13
Steinfeld is lovely, and sometimes heartrending, as a young woman whose independent swagger masks swirls of uncertainty. And Hawke, who becomes a better actor with each passing year, is marvelous ...
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 2015-08-11
Smart, sensitive, and accessible to both young and middle-aged viewers
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-02-05
Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia ...
Geoff Berkshire, Variety, 2015-01-24
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-08-20
Jude, our narrator, is paper thin. His most memorable qualities are his gangly frame and his bright blue eyes.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2015-08-20
"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.
Michael Sragow, Los Angeles Times, 2015-08-13
It doesn't have a genuine moment. But even period authenticity would not compensate for cardboard characters and a contrived narrative.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-08-13
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.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-08-13
The cast all do well with banal material that's beneath them, especially Emily Watson, as Eliza's mom, and Hawke, who's everyone's dope-smoking, curfew-less fantasy friend-Dad.
Katherine Pushkar, New York Daily News, 2015-08-12