Rittenhouse Square

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  • Summary: Rittenhouse Square is an impressionistic, music-filled documentary about a small Philadelphia park - "the spot" - where people go to meet friends, find romance, muse about life and enjoy the beauty of nature and the opposite sex. (Max L. Raab Productions)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. It succeeds as a vivid video album of the metropolis at the millennium, a lilting musical album of the varied carols Americans play and an all-too-rare depiction of what the pursuit of happiness actually looks like.
  2. 75
    The star of the movie is Caeli Veronica Smith, 12, an accomplished violinist who frequently performs in the park. Seeing her play in person would be worth the bus trip to Philly.
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    There are certainly more unpleasant ways to spend an hour and a half, but it's unlikely that Rittenhouse Square will generate much interest outside Philadelphia.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Sylvester
    With just enough art-lack and speak-for-itself whiz (call me cheesy), this doc understands the famoustorical Philly park's appeal: Hot girls sunbathe there, and the bums are ka-razy.
  5. Doesn't quite manage to elevate its subject to a sufficiently interesting level for anyone who isn't already one of its frequent visitors. A good stroll inside your nearest city park would provide a more edifying experience.
  6. At its best moments, the film offers a tender portrait of the park's youngest regulars, charmingly earnest performers from a nearby music school. But then, inevitably, their stories fade into a backdrop, as his camera turns to catch yet more women sunning in the square.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Helena
    Apr 27, 2006
    This movie is downright creepy. The perspective of an elderly, pompous, out-of-towner is not that interesting, his choice of interview This movie is downright creepy. The perspective of an elderly, pompous, out-of-towner is not that interesting, his choice of interview questions, all pretty much relating to girl watching in the park, are trivial. His interview subjects, local celebrities, don't seem interesting enough to hold the general public's attention, and for us Philadelphian's, they don't show us anything about the people but their surface gloss, which we're already sick of. The girl watching angle is silly. And the only beautiful women in the park are under 30? I beg to differ there. A silly movie, a missed opportunity, a must NOT see (except for the musical performances). Expand

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