Summertime Reviews

October 28, 2019
Several minor characters are stock types but both principals are completely plausible and Venice is a knockout.
March 4, 2019
The script maintains slightly the tone of an impeccably smooth and glossy novelette, romantic rather than sentimental, but scarcely concerned to explore its situation very deeply.
June 11, 2010
It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.
November 6, 2007
It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.
November 6, 2007
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
Touching, warm, often funny and lushly photographed.
November 6, 2007
The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.
December 23, 2006
Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form.
November 5, 2006
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.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.
July 23, 2004
Being Lean's favourite of his films this is undoubtedly worthy of attention.
June 22, 2004
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.
January 8, 2004
Summertime was shot exclusively in Venice. And for those who have been to Venice, the film is a rare treasure;
May 24, 2003
As a coming-of-age story it remains touching. As a showcase for Katharine Hepburn, it is superb.
May 20, 2003
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.
January 1, 2000
Recommended, with hesitations.