• 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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Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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What initially plays like a broadly drawn, Odd Couple-style farce flips, literally overnight, into a sober family drama replete with death, addiction, adultery and suicidal tendencies.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 10, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Nancy Savoca's film begins in caricature and ends in sentimentality, only briefly hitting the sweet spot in between.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 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
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Often feels like an acting exercise documented on video for teaching purposes-lots of unnecessary histrionics and ostentatious zooms, with both the story and the improv-like dialogue predicated on contrivances and glaring improbabilities.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 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
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Sisters engage in tedious, seemingly unending melodramatics.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

July 7, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The actors are so good ... that they make you want to see what they could do in a better movie than this tedious acting-class experiment.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

July 12, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Mira Sorvino is very good -- too good -- at playing a very annoying person in Nancy Savoca's Union Square.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

July 18, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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