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Katharine Hepburn stars as Jane Hudson, an Ohio secretary on the verge of spinsterhood. Carefully saving her money, Jane takes an extended trip to Venice, half hoping to find the romance that has always eluded her. Luck of luck, she meets handsome Renato Di Rossi (Rossano Brazzi), who sweeps her off her feet. Jane's flight on Cloud Nine comes to a flaming crash when she learns that Renato is married and the father of a large family. Picking herself up and dusting herself off, Jane is determined to keep her romance alive, and hang the consequences. She ultimately does what's best for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Recommended, with hesitations."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Summertime was shot exclusively in Venice. And for those who have been to Venice, the film is a rare treasure;"
‑ Moira Sullivan, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre."
‑ , Time Out
"It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Touching, warm, often funny and lushly photographed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Being Lean's favourite of his films this is undoubtedly worthy of attention."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"As a coming-of-age story it remains touching. As a showcase for Katharine Hepburn, it is superb."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"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."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
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