Summertime (1955)

In this romantic drama a Yankee secretary goes on a Venetian vacation and ends up falling in love with a handsome native.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 21, 1955
DVD 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

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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Joseph Boomhower
Katherine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, an American who takes her first trip to Venice, Italy, in the 1955 David Lean film "Summertime." Hudson has a… More
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