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Passionada Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

November 13, 2003
Carlo Cavagna

The fact that it's such a small film is an intrinsic part of this romantic comedy's charm.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

August 11, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A love story of immensely cheesy proportion that mistakes backhanded duplicity for burgeoning romance.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 13, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
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Top heavy on charm and sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

September 5, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie is full of annoying tics.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 15, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While the situations don't add up to a satisfying film, the characters are pleasing to watch.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 11, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Afraid to trust the strength of its simple story, it clutters it up with subplots, some of which seem to have been forgotten in the editing.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 12, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 12, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

It is directed (by Dan Ireland) at such a lethargic pace that you won't really care whether poor Celia gets her groove back or not.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

August 30, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Some of it is pedestrian, much is predictable.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 29, 2003
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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The clash between Ireland's art house aspirations and the obviousness of his choices ... is grating.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 9, 2003
Kim Morgan

There are movies that are made for the big screen, and movies that are made for the small screen; Passionada is the latter type.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: D+

September 12, 2003
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This slight and pleasantly predictable film coasts along on the considerable charms of its cast and exotic setting.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2003
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

Plugs New Bedford into the ethnic romantic comedy formula, and the results are, well, formulaic.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2004
Greg Muskewitz

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

May 10, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's a shame that more care wasn't taken in the handling of the characters or the multiple plot threads.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

September 2, 2004
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

November 8, 2005
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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We feel surprising affection for these people from New Bedford, Mass.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2003

AV Club
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August 14, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003

Orlando Weekly
November 20, 2003
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