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Union Square (2003)


Stephen Szklarski

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Plot Summary

Peer into the lives of seven individuals who allowed the cameras to follow and capture their trials and tribulations while living and hustling on the streets of New York City. "Union Square" captures the true and painful essence of addiction and what seven 20-something year-olds will do to maintain a habit that has them trapped in a vicious cycle. It reveals what they have lost and what they may possibly gain while being in the grips of one of the most powerful addictive drugs - heroin. Stealing, shelters, hustling, detox and rehab - all is revealed in this in-depth documentary.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Stephen J. Szklarski's video documentary tracks the lives of seven young drug addicts who live in and around Union Square Park in Manhattan. – Dave Kehr, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Its unvarnished look at life in the slow lane exerts a hypnotic fascination. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The film attempts to affect an air of dispassionate objectivity, but generally comes across as an exercise in exploitation. – Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The total effect, of course, is abject sadness as we helplessly watch each enact a unique anti-success story in an inverted reality show. – Laura Sinagra, Village Voice, Apr 30, 2005

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Customer Reviews

intriguing and disturbing

i was riveted. it's worth taking time to see the world through the eyes of these people, the people most of us walk past on city streets and never notice. some scenes are very graphic, but your awareness of the real world will expand after watching this.

missed the boat

This was a missed chance to present issues around this topic. The one scene where is was not a repetitive narration from Lisa and there was not sound, or insight. The theater scene had some actual interaction and diaolog but was missed. I hope Lisa is several years into recovery now.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2005

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