Union Square
Union Square (2004)

This documentary from Stephen J. Szklarski follows seven junkies through their daily routine -- get money, find heroin, buy heroin, shoot heroin, repeat as needed -- in the recently renovated Union Square neighborhood in New York City.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 22, 2005
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

The film attempts to affect an air of dispassionate objectivity, but generally comes across as an exercise in exploitation.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A moving film but not, to be frank, an entirely memorable one.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

An eye-opening view of people usually ignored or taken for granted.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

Without a well-delineated political or social framework, Union Square offers little that we didn't already know from, say, The Panic in Needle Park or Christiane F.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Stephen J. Szklarski's video documentary tracks the lives of seven young drug addicts who live in and around Union Square Park in Manhattan.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The material is vivid and harrowing, although the movie provides little analysis or larger-scale context.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

To most New Yorkers, the street addicts they encounter daily are nameless and faceless, and Union Square helps to humanize them.

Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

The total effect, of course, is abject sadness as we helplessly watch each enact a unique anti-success story in an inverted reality show.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Like its seven subjects, it can't see past the immediate demands of addiction, and the film becomes a seemingly endless string of scenes depicting shooting up, nodding out and waiting around for the next fix.

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