Passion Play Reviews

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 16, 2011
The very definition of a cinematic curiosity: a movie that seems almost too strange to exist.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2011
Every now and then a movie's awfulness rises to the level of mystery. How did it get produced? Did anyone try to save the filmmaker from himself?
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2011
You almost wonder if the whole thing isn't just one big campy joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
September 13, 2010
It's embarrassing for the stars because they try to take such putrid material seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Douglas
May 5, 2011
You have to assume the title is meant to be ironic since the one thing 'Passion Play' lacks more than anything else is passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Monika Bartyzel
September 13, 2010
A film that adeptly conveys his passion for the material (twenty years in the making), yet fails to hit the audience in that same engaging way.
Top Critic
Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2011
Mickey Rourke recently made headlines for dubbing Passion Play "a terrible movie," a proclamation that's ultimately most notable for its understatement.
Brian Holcomb
June 27, 2011
A vanity project from successful Hollywood screenwriter Mitch Glazer, this film should really be much funnier than it is. Oh, it's not a comedy, by the way. Not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
May 20, 2011
There's undeniable entertainment value in accidental absurdity, but Passion Play strikes a note of delirium that's downright painful to process.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Prairie Miller
May 8, 2011
Black Swan meets Water For Elephants, sort of. And is Mickey Rourke's male cougar character's obsession with his leading lady's wings in this post-mortem noir, possibly suspect intimations of either bestiality or necrophilia? Who cares.
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2011
Graham Parker once said, "passion is no ordinary word." Here it's worth less than dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Elliot V. Kotek
Paste Magazine
May 7, 2011
Despite a gorgeous poster, a beautiful object of affection and cult-worthy actors, Passion Play fails to transform from a poetic pet project into a fully realized film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2011
Peculiarly bad. It's one of those total misfires that wanders so far off the track that you're left scratching your head.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 2, 2011
One of the funniest most pretentious art house flicks of the year...
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Tallerico
May 6, 2011
From the cheesy score to the nonsensical plot to the half-asleep performances, Passion Play is a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
May 5, 2011
so awkwardly assembled, so self-seriously preachy that it's actually exhausting to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
S.T. VanAirsdale
May 5, 2011
Hard as it may be for Passion Play's principals to accept, some ideas were just never meant to fly.
Jeremy Heilman
July 13, 2011
Perhaps it's needless to say, but Rourke and Fox are a thoroughly mismatched screen couple, who exude zero screen chemistry with one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 12/100
Top Critic
John Anderson
September 16, 2010
Perversely eccentric and frequently inert, screenwriter Mitch Glazer's directorial debut, Passion Play, will benefit from some of the well-known names attached, but the near-painful hipness of the production will yield poisonous word of mouth.
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