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Union Square

Jenny has been avoiding her family -- especially her sister Lucy -- for years, and is on the brink of marriage when Lucy erupts back into her life. With her own world in crisis, Lucy soon manages to upend Jenny's as well in this smart Bronx comedy.
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Netflix Rating: 2.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 63%
Critics' score: 63   Audience score: 50   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination. full review

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

The kind of character-driven movie about whacked-out characters we need more of (the characters and the movies). full review

John Anderson, Newsday

Mira Sorvino is very good -- too good -- at playing a very annoying person in Nancy Savoca's Union Square. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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

James Adams, Globe and Mail

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

Sara Stewart, New York Post

An interesting study of families, of class-consciousness, of little passive-aggressive tricks. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"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

A.O. Scott, New York Times

Savoca's ear for dialogue and a pair of electric lead performances give this souped-up one-act some life. full review

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

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

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

Rex Reed, New York Observer

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

Karina Longworth, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 80 min
  • Available From: Nov 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 225 people
Directed By
Nancy Savoca
Cast
Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard, Patti LuPone, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Christopher Backus, Harper Dill, Michael Sirow
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