Passionada Reviews

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2004
Goes down smoothly thanks to the trio of lead actors, whose enthusiasm and chemistry help make up for the routine filmmaking.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2003
Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2003
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.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 12, 2003
Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 12, 2003
Passionada is not as passionate as you may suspect. It's just a tender story about how opposites attract, and how much the nation is opening toward those who are different.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 11, 2003
A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2003
While the situations don't add up to a satisfying film, the characters are pleasing to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
September 9, 2003
The clash between Ireland's art house aspirations and the obviousness of his choices ... is grating.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2003
We feel surprising affection for these people from New Bedford, Mass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 28, 2003
It's extremely likable and well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 18, 2003
A mild, but affectionate thumbs up.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 17, 2003
Passionada has the relaxing beauty of a great summer vacation, the kind where you don't do anything particularly special but leave feeling recharged.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 15, 2003
It's dappled with small pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2003
Ireland enables Passionada to transcend formula by keeping the emotions strong and grounding them in a bright, specific world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 15, 2003
A charming and luxurious romantic interlude.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 15, 2003
The movie is full of annoying tics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2003
A charming love story for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
August 14, 2003
Goes down easy.
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AV Club
August 14, 2003