Passion Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Delirious, exquisite trash.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
This film is an old-fashioned glove that still fits De Palma pretty comfortably.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Clift
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
The plot is secondary to the delightfully strange and impeccably soapy vibes; the marriage of camp and cheap Euro-eroticism masquerading as serious art.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
November 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Film Racket
November 5, 2013
The movie's main redeeming quality is De Palma's typically dazzling visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
October 10, 2013
Passion is bright, shiny and lurid. It's just that it feels, well, passionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 12, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dave White
Movies.com
September 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 5, 2013
Less mysterious than confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.4/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 4, 2013
A throwaway by a gifted filmmaker who has run out of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 3, 2013
Passion is a Brian De Palma greatest hits package, the filmmaker showing off, more than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 3, 2013
generates suspense and tension the old-fashioned way while simultaneously heightening everything to the point of near absurdity
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 2, 2013
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 31, 2013
Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 30, 2013
... doesn't improve on its predecessor, and ultimately experiences some of the same pitfalls.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2013
After the clinically dull first half, it's more desperate pantry raid than feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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