| Original Score: B
Turturro creates the sense that music spews spontaneously from the average Neapolitan and limits the film's educational quotient. But as anyone who has been to Naples knows, you don't go there to learn but to live, out loud.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle.
| Original Score: 7/10
It's a happy ramble through the storied streets with Turturro as our guide, not pretending to be an expert; it's more like having a good friend take you to this place he really loves.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism.
...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione."
| Original Score: B
...something very unique and often mesmerizing
| Original Score: B+
Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame.
| Original Score: A
That's the charm of "Passione." Turturro is so head over heels in love with this city and this music he's willing to risk looking a little stupid. Ah, l'amore.
Like pasta, Turturro throws it on the wall and some of it sticks.
This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.
Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.
What Turturro, who appears in the film as a combination tour guide and impresario, has come up with is closer to a fantasia than a traditional documentary.
A beautifully structured and photographed film, John Turturro's rapturous "Passione" offers a vibrant exploration and celebration of Neapolitan music in all its grit and glory...
| Original Score: 4/5
Loosely structured as a sort of musical travelogue, with 23 song performances interwoven, it's as passionate as the singers it showcases, enveloping the viewer in the soulful music it celebrates.
You can't exactly say you've learned the story of Neapolitan music after watching it, but you certainly feel invigorated by the color, motion and, especially, sound that Turturro has marshaled.
| Original Score: B-
[A] ironic, flamboyant and sentimental anthology of the divergent and colliding musical styles of Naples...
A multi-dimensional painting of the rich culture of Naples in sound and image.
[D]espite confusing presentation of . . . specifics of each song and artist . . . the passion comes through, enthusiastically bringing Neapolitan music to the world stage.
It can sometimes be hard to sit through, but another song is coming soon, and anyway, close your eyes and imagine you're on vacation, sipping vino in a piazza, soaking in the street life.
| Original Score: 3/5