• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Nancy Savoca
    In Theaters:
    Jul 13, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 25, 2013
  • Dada Films

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Union Square Reviews

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Witney Seibold
CraveOnline

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

August 22, 2012
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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The kind of character-driven movie about whacked-out characters we need more of (the characters and the movies).

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 13, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 6/10

July 13, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

A solid performance piece for two actresses that don't often get meaty material to tear into.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

July 13, 2012
James Adams
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 13, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An interesting study of families, of class-consciousness, of little passive-aggressive tricks.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 13, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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Savoca's ear for dialogue and a pair of electric lead performances give this souped-up one-act some life.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 12, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 12, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2012
Michelle Orange
Movieline

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7/10

July 12, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

This is a film that bores into you, mostly because of Sorvino's performance, which starts out at a level of white heat and never cools below incendiary.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

July 12, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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There isn't much to Union Square, but the movie does understand how people want to love their families on their own terms, forgetting that their families may be the only ones who really know who they are.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 12, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C

September 26, 2012
Nick Schager
Paste Magazine

Lucy's general unpleasantness is a hurdle the film can't clear.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4.4/10

August 16, 2012
Robert Levin
amNewYork

The film is undone by the fact that both protagonists are obnoxious caricatures.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2/4

July 23, 2012
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