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Saint of 9/11

06sain Father Mychal Judge, chaplain to the New York City Fire Department, is best remembered as the faithful Franciscan priest who was killed on 9/11. The beloved friar lived a fulfilling life helping the needy and wasn't your ordinary man of the cloth: he battled alcoholism and was a privately gay man. Through interviews, archival footage and Sir Ian McKellen's narration, Glenn Holsten documents this extraordinary man's life until his untimely death.
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Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, this elegy to Father Mychal Judge, the much-loved New York Fire Department chaplain who was one of the first to die at the World Trade Center, makes tentative gestures toward being a full-blown biographical portrait, then settles for being a touching formal memorial. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 84%
Critics' score: 84   Audience score: 65   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Tears and emotions flow freely through the film, which successfully captures a little of the original horror and raw, unpoliticized emotion of that beautiful late summer day. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Saint of 9/11, an unabashed tribute to Judge's life, struggles and Christian mission, does a good job of communicating what made Judge an inspiring figure to many, while making his life's work accessible and understandable. full review

John Anderson, Variety

If you think you can't bear to see another World Trade Center movie, you should still see the new documentary, Saint of 9/11. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

... a cinematic elegy for Father Mychal Judge ...

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Overly reverent but still immensely touching ... full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

You come away from this movie with a bracing recognition that grace and perfection don't always share the same corners of the soul -- which doesn't and shouldn't prevent you from doing good works for others. full review

Gene Seymour, Newsday

This is a loving and handsomely produced biography of Judge, a Franciscan priest of seemingly limitless wisdom, charisma, good humor and charity.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saint of 9/11 is more of a testimonial than a documentary, but it weaves together a portrait of a remarkable Irish-American friar, who was gay and a recovering alcoholic, and the many lives he inspired. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Certainly, this documentary honors Judge's memory, but one wishes for something greater. full review

Logan Hill, New York Magazine

Saint of 9/11 is a touching elegy for the Rev. Mychal Judge, the much-loved New York City Fire Department chaplain who died at the World Trade Center.

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Filmmaker Glenn Holsten sells it to the cheap seats anyway, fleshing out Judge's alcoholic struggles and his redoubtable activist work with mega-dramatic gimmickry and sentimental hosannas. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Available From: Dec 20, 2008
  • Queued by: 229 people
Directed By
Glenn Holsten
Cast
Ian McKellen
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