Union Square Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 26, 2012
A half-sketched tale of familial floundering, Union Square is a suffocating and pantomimed drama that makes an especially unconvincing and headlong dive into sentimentality in its finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
Long stretches of "Union Square" are kind of irksome to watch, as you just have to wait for all the bickering and chatter to calm down in order for the true drama to begin. But once we get to the emotional boxing, we see how hurt these women really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Paste Magazine
August 16, 2012
Lucy's general unpleasantness is a hurdle the film can't clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/10
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
July 23, 2012
The film is undone by the fact that both protagonists are obnoxious caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 19, 2012
The kind of character-driven movie about whacked-out characters we need more of (the characters and the movies).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2012
Mira Sorvino is very good -- too good -- at playing a very annoying person in Nancy Savoca's Union Square.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2012
Propelled by a rangy, superbly colorful performance by Mira Sorvino, the film grabs hold of the viewer from the jump and snowballs toward a deftly moving and concise third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 13, 2012
Just when it seems to be going [for] an amusing family Thanksgiving comedy, it zings sharply (and awkwardly) into exposing raw emotions from painful wounds sisters share.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 13, 2012
A solid performance piece for two actresses that don't often get meaty material to tear into.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2012
It doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is - a slice-o'-life domestic drama/dark comedy of manners savvy about its limits and sufficiently disciplined to keep its convolutions to a credible, impactful minimum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
July 13, 2012
Sorvino brings a spark, but neither she nor Patti LuPone, in an amusing cameo, can overcome the clockwork-like plod to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 13, 2012
An interesting study of families, of class-consciousness, of little passive-aggressive tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 12, 2012
"Union Square" has the busy, hemmed-in talkiness of a theater piece, with too much forced to happen in too short a time. But it also has a lively, nervous energy and an expansive sympathy for the mismatched women at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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July 12, 2012
Savoca's ear for dialogue and a pair of electric lead performances give this souped-up one-act some life.
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 12, 2012
Often funny and emotionally observant study of contrasting sisters has good performances, especially by Tammy Blanchard and, in a tiny but telling role, the transcendent Patti LuPone.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 12, 2012
Despite its problems, there's a touching sweetness at the heart of Nancy Savoca's intimate family drama about estranged sisters trying to reconnect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 12, 2012
The look is minimalist but the two lead actresses add pleasing layers to characters of estranged sisters who parted ways for reasons Lucy refers to only cryptically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2012
Character-driven drama about two estranged sisters who reach a point where they must choose either reconciliation or permanent separation from each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 12, 2012
With its small cast and focus on performance, Union Square promises to be a welcome showcase for Sorvino, and the early rhymes with Miss Linda are intriguingly open-ended.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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