harrowing portrait of actual
kids, all hooked on heroin and on a
treadmill to oblivion, should be seen by everyone."
Bobby Cramer, FILMS IN REVIEW
presents one of the most chilling and accurate pictures of
drug addiction in modern America. This is one of the year's best
"Union Square doesn't fall into the trap
of romanticizing an outlaw lifestyle."
Dave Kehr, NEW
"Its unvarnished look at life in the slow lane exerts a hypnotic
Ronnie Schieb, VARIETY
"Union Square does much to dispel the notion of drug addiction."
Laura Sinaga, VILLAGE VOICE
"Szklarski's in your face documentary, Union Square, helps
the nameless and faceless street addicts."
V.A. Mussetto, NEW YORK POST
a human dimension to both drug addiction and
homelessness, making these stereotypical symbols of 'urban blight'
more understandable by showing a sympathetic side to society’s
Eric Monder FILM
is just a simple saga of people, individuals who you might walk
past and never give a second thought to.
But Stephen Szklarski proves that inside every human being is a story."
"The most fascinating
supplement is the section called "Union Square Revisited,"
portraits of the eight subjects and where they
have gone on to in their lives..."
gritty documentary forces a closer look at the folks we walk by
(or step over) every day. A very moving film."
DAILY NEWS NY
"Stephen J. Szklarski's rough and raw video documentary strips
all the perceived poetry from heroin abuse in and around New York
City's Union Square
area. Accurate depiction, slow-motion suicide dispelling any
illusion of heroin chic."
Square is vivid and harrowing."
David Sterritt, CHRISTIAN
"An unflinching and
harrowing piece of work, Szklarski
succeeds to make heroin addiction interesting."
"Spares no feelings as it peels away the harsh truths
of living as a slave to a drug habit."
OZUS' WORLD MOVIE
"You’ll watch this film for its journalism, not for its drama."
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