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  • Summary: Least Among Saints movingly illustrates a man’s hard-fought road towards reconciling with his better self. Coming home to a broken marriage and uncertain future, veteran Anthony Hayward thinks he’s at the end of his rope. But when his troubled ten year-old neighbor, Wade, calls out for help, Anthony can’t seem to turn away. To the dismay of the boy’s embattled social worker, Anthony sets out on a fool’s quest to help this heartbroken but hard to reach child find his long-lost father, who might not even exist. Yet in the midst of this new mission – the first that seems to matter since his return -- Anthony begins to come to grips with both the costs of war and the universal power of human connection. As the film builds to an emotional climax, Papazian finds both the gravity and the grace in ordinary, flawed characters pushed to extraordinary acts of compassion and decency. (Brainstorm Media) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    The results are too predictable.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    The forced plotting and Lifetime movie-style tearjerking are a chore, and commercial prospects look narrow, but if this is indeed a good-faith effort to preach beyond the choir, it deserves plaudits.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 11, 2012
    40
    Least Among Saints has the strained feel of a basic cable television movie, with modest production values to match.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Though both actors deliver performances more credible than the plot that frames them, their authenticity only highlights the script's affection for improbable coincidences and an ending even Garry Marshall might consider too pat.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 17, 2012
    40
    Least Among Saints is a heartfelt if not exactly heartwarming story of two wounded males, but despite top-notch performances from all the leads, it never really brings anything new to a story that's already overly familiar.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 10, 2012
    30
    There's nothing but skin-deep warmth to Least Among Saints, a film in which any authority figure who can't magically sober up and play surrogate daddy for a spell is treated as either a meddler or a well-meaning, do-nothing skeptic.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Oct 10, 2012
    0
    As a portrait of a self-pitying drunk's wet dream of inexplicable atonement, it's fairly effective, but as a story meant to take place on some rational version of planet Earth, it's utterly hopeless.
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  1. Oct 14, 2012
    10
    Call me a sucker for a good story and great performances. Martin Papazian wrote, directed and starred in this little indie that takes us on "the real world" journey of a troubled returning soldier. I saw this film with several struggling veterans recently. The tears in their eyes verified the honesty and truthfulness of this film. If you're not a vet, maybe you'll think this film a bit over dramatic. However, according to our returning soldiers the film holds true and honest. I believe this film is a "must see" for all Americans who support our troops. Expand