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An American spinsters dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsomebut marriedItalian man while vacationing in Venice. Katharine Hepburns sensitive portrayal of the lonely heroine and Jack Hildyards glorious Technicolor photography makeSummertime an endearing and visually enchanting film.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.
Fresh: Recommended, with hesitations.
Fresh: 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.
Katharine Hepburn is at her best in this thought-provoking film of love, joy, contentment, and moral principles. The scenery in Venice is superb. Rossano Brazzi is tender and handsome. The darling little boy, Gaetano Autiero, is such a wonderfully mischievous little boy. This is one of my favorite movies. I love watching it over and over again. J. C. H.
A must see
Love Letter to Venice
If you love Venice or are going to Venice you must see this film. Venice is as much the star of it as Katherine Hepburn is. The story is a bit old fashioned since it from 1955 but It is still magical and authentic. I love it and have watched it many, many times.