Summertime (1955)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Recommended, with hesitations.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Time Out

[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Touching, warm, often funny and lushly photographed.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Romantic drama with Hepburn in good form.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later… More
Anthony Valletta
On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of… More