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Summertime

Summertime (1955)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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An American spinster's dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome-but married-Italian man while vacationing in Venice.

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

H.E. Bates, Arthur Laurents

Sep 9, 1998

United Artists

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Recommended, with hesitations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The dialogue can be stagey and Venice is evoked at a tourist level, but it's beautifully photographed and Hepburn's loneliness and sadness look disquietingly real.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Touching, warm, often funny and lushly photographed.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

David Lean's restrained direction, Katharine Hepburn's nuanced turn as a spinsterish middle-aged secretary, and above all Venice's alluring sights compensate considerably for a plot that's borderline banal and schmaltzy.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Being Lean's favourite of his films this is undoubtedly worthy of attention.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Thanks to Hepburn's performance we can feel how this woman's past romantic disappointments have made a passionate affair seem so simultaneously appealing and frightening.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Summertime was shot exclusively in Venice. And for those who have been to Venice, the film is a rare treasure;

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

As a coming-of-age story it remains touching. As a showcase for Katharine Hepburn, it is superb.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Summertime

Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.
April 17, 2014
John Ballantine

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On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of David Lean, the city of Venice actually becomes a character in the film. The exquisite cinematography makes you feel as if you have actually visited the city. A wonderful film going experience. A big screen delight.
May 10, 2012
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