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Passion (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 39

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: 19
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 16

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: Vulture
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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
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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
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... 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
Movie Habit

A lukewarm serving of Passion, a sometimes silly thriller

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

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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Manu Gino

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Stylistically exquisite show of De Palma's known, lauded or hated, trickery behind cameras. His expresionistic approach, emphasized by a very pleasant nightmarish camerawork, is gallantly embraced by cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine. Shame that self plagiarism comes along too evident and campy. The lesbian/psychosexual plot, though well played by the leading ladies-femme fatales, isn't a novelty nor it is arousing, but rather a pretty enveloped package of his worst tics.
July 2, 2013
pier007

Super Reviewer

The music, cinematography and De Palma's direction are all solid, but where ''Passion'' lost me is the way it handles its twists and turns and the rather flat characters. Thought-provoking, but ultimately a disappointment.
June 18, 2013
Liam Gadd

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