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-
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
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
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
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
August 30, 2013
The corporate machinations suggest something closer to a dark comedy than to a thriller. You don't walk away chilled, as you do from "Vertigo," but tickled by the coldness and lifted by the beauty of the style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
August 30, 2013
Murder, deceit, treacherous lesbians -- yes, Brian De Palma is back.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 29, 2013
"Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
August 29, 2013
Struggling with warts and all, "Passion" is a loopy but fun late-night thriller brimming with style and vitality from one of America's most exciting film makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 27, 2013
Those who submit to the movie's spell may well find themselves giddy at how viscerally and confidently an old master can deploy the tools of his trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
Passion is pretty good. If you cared enough to make a list, it might be your fifth or sixth favorite De Palma.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
August 27, 2013
...at once a classy suspense movie and an unquestionably silly affair. Regardless of its glaring flaws, "Passion" is reassuringly old school.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
August 13, 2013
This is half a good De Palma film, which means it's still superior to most movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 7, 2013
Doesn't really break any new ground for the director, and yet as a technical exercise it's nice to see De Palma back in his element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 6, 2013
The movie is one long game of misdirection, playing tricks on viewers from scene to scene, and showing how easy it is to steer a crowd into missing something important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
August 2, 2013
All the problems that I have with Passion narratively are overshadowed by the fact that De Palma the visual master has shown signs of life for the first time in a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com
August 1, 2013
Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with "Passion," a spellbinding thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 1, 2013
Undeniable energy to the work, and its screwball execution cements the effort as a guilty pleasure. After the dreary, amateurish antics of Redacted, to have De Palma back in the thick of mental illness is something to celebrate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
July 12, 2013
Precise in its aesthetics, it's an excellent late-period work that shows, without being over-bearing, how the ascent of the corporate ladder can sometimes be a descent into a deeper circle of hell.
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