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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. There's the heavily pierced and tattooed Stealth, who ran away from home at 9-years-old; Cheyenne, whose visiting rights with her daughter were recently revoked; Danny, whose family has a long, sordid history of substance abuse; and Ron, who hails from the elite Madison Avenue and is still struggling to keep up appearances. Rounding out the group are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"The film attempts to affect an air of dispassionate objectivity, but generally comes across as an exercise in exploitation."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"A moving film but not, to be frank, an entirely memorable one."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"An eye-opening view of people usually ignored or taken for granted."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Fails to ignite much emotion."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"Brutal, mesmerizing documentary on New York heroin addicts. Not for the faint-hearted."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"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
"The material is vivid and harrowing, although the movie provides little analysis or larger-scale context."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This is not a movie for the needlephobic"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"To most New Yorkers, the street addicts they encounter daily are nameless and faceless, and Union Square helps to humanize them."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Spares no feelings as it peels away the harsh truths of living as a slave to a drug habit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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