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Passion (2013)

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34

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 41

For better as well as worse, Passion is vintage De Palma sexploitation -- although with a storyline sillier than most, it fails to generate as much heat as his steamiest work.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 17

For better as well as worse, Passion is vintage De Palma sexploitation -- although with a storyline sillier than most, it fails to generate as much heat as his steamiest work.

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From screenwriter/director Brian De Palma (The Black Dahlia, The Untouchables, Scarface), PASSION stars leading-actress Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, The Vow) and the talented Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Based on the 2010 French thriller Love Crime, PASSION tells the enthralling story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business.(c) eOne

Nov 5, 2013

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What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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One's ultimate reaction is likely to one of indifference, bemusement or outright disdain considering the pedigree of the filmmaker helming the project: Brian De Palma.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A throwaway by a gifted filmmaker who has run out of ideas.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Despite De Palma's lavish proof of what he can accomplish with classical technique, the movie comes off as too much for too little, a collection of mechanisms that decorate mechanisms.

September 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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After the clinically dull first half, it's more desperate pantry raid than feast.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Entrancing and narcotizing in about equal measure.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Like late-period Hitchcock, you hang in there because there's enough zing left on the screen to let you know you're watching a real filmmaker at work-but the payoffs never really come and certainly the movie never lives up to its title.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Brian De Palma has enough great movies in his filmography that he can always count on remaining one of my all-time favorite directors. But, man, it sure would be nice if he made at least one wholly successful film in the 21st century.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The plot is secondary to the delightfully strange and impeccably soapy vibes; the marriage of camp and cheap Euro-eroticism masquerading as serious art.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

De Palma wallows in the excesses of his cutthroat corporate connivers ... Virtually actor proof, his movie withstands performances that aren't as wild and liberated as his direction.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The movie's main redeeming quality is De Palma's typically dazzling visual style.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Passion is bright, shiny and lurid. It's just that it feels, well, passionless.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Though you can't logically buy into the movie in the slightest, at least you can enjoy it for the lurid trash that it is.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It feels like a reunion with a weird old friend, the kind who's obsessed with the kinkier side of Alfred Hitchcock, Emmanuelle movies, sensual body lotions and smooth jazz sax solos.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Less mysterious than confusing.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Passion is a Brian De Palma greatest hits package, the filmmaker showing off, more than anything else.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

generates suspense and tension the old-fashioned way while simultaneously heightening everything to the point of near absurdity

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice.

August 31, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

... doesn't improve on its predecessor, and ultimately experiences some of the same pitfalls.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

De Palma twists his noir into a Gordian knot

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Passion

I thought this was quite good. Visually striking with strong performances, and there was some type of logic at the end. Initially I didn't know what to make of it, but it grew on me as I watched on.
Pretty unlikable pair of heroines here. I found Dani the most sympathetic, and she was pretty warped too.
Bitching, backstabbing and manipulation with a bit of horror thrown in. What's not to like!
June 14, 2014
romy861

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With a talented director and cast I went into this expecting some trashy fun, but it was just trash. I'm on the record in my other reviews stating I hate manipulative movies and this film is one of the biggest offenders in that regard. The plot is ludicrous thanks to contrivances and implausibilities that drove me up the wall while watching. The acting isn't even very good either. Rachel McAdams was clearly out of her depth playing the bad girl and Noomi Rapace is bland. Both of them can and have done much better work in the past. The movie seems to move at a snails pace at spots too, but picks up at the end before the ending makes everything crash and burn. The movie can be nice to look at, which is why I'm not giving it the lowest score you can, but that was really the only redeeming quality I found while watching this. Stay away.
May 22, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Brian DePalma's "Passion" is perhaps the most self-indulgent movie of the year; by it's very existence it's possible you'll really hate it. You see, "Passion" is the eclectic director's homage to himself, and as bizarre as that may sound, it's also a film that asks it's audience to have experienced a large part of it's helmer's filmography (particularly his Hitchcockian thrillers "Dressed to Kill," "Sisters," "Carrie," "Femme Fatale," and the like) in order to get the most out of it. This sounds like a lot of baggage for a movie of a little more than an hour and a half... and that may be the case, but it's also a stylish throwback, a fun one, and I really enjoyed it. Informed viewers might agree.

At it's core, "Passion" is a thriller concerning a conniving game of cat and mouse between an ad executive (Rachel McAdams) and her up-and-coming subordinate played by Noomi Rapace; both actresses really solid here. Plot and characters are secondary though, as DePalma employs all the gimmicks that made him a master of the macabre in the first place. We witness elaborate camera work, an elegantly prolonged split-screen sequence, habituated, left-field sensuality, an over-the-top Pino Donaggio score, an orchestrated timeline that lies to us; in a movie that's not above manipulation.

So yes, "Passion" is a greatest hits of DePalma's usual quirks and obsessions. I liked the results. Any fan of it's creator should too. If not, well... you can't say it's boring!
January 11, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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No backstabbing. Just business.

Very Good Film! It's a cross between a late night made for cable movie and a European art film. The cinematography is great, lots of inventive shots. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace ham it up as back stabbing executives. They have great chemistry and as the plot twists along we are never quite sure who to root for. DePalma proves to be the master of the erotic thriller once again. Not since "Femme Fatale" have we seen his return to the modern murder mystery/thriller. Basically, what you have in "Passion" is a shot for shot retelling of "Love Crime" with some minor changes and a classic DePalma ending accompanied by Pino Donagio's "Dressed to Kill" score blaring, with actions speaking for the characters instead of words. This movie is DePalma's life work rolled into one. His fans will be happy to know that DePalma is back, and better than ever.

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
August 3, 2013
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