Union Square

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  • Summary: A powerful look into the world of homeless heroin addicts that live in Union Square Park in New York City. (Alliance International Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    A raw, brutal, hypnotic journey into the world of seven heroin addicts who barely survive on the streets of New York City. It is a film of great sadness and pain.
  2. 75
    It's depressing as hell. While most of the seven say they want to beat the habit and become productive citizens, only one, Ron, follows through successfully.
  3. The material is vivid and harrowing, although the movie provides little analysis or larger-scale context.
  4. 50
    Without a well-delineated political or social framework, Union Square offers little that we didn't already know.
  5. A moving film but not, to be frank, an entirely memorable one.
  6. 40
    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.
  7. Far more troubling than the documentary's lack of data and analysis, its refusal to pose even basic questions -- whether, for instance, the so-called war on drugs is a total farce -- is the sense that these seven lost souls are principally on display for our viewing displeasure.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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