Passione Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
June 23, 2011

As a mix-tape, Passione opens up many possibilities for more guided listening, but as a film, it's at times maddeningly incomplete.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011

There's a pleasant song at the beginning of "Passione." Then, another one that sounds almost exactly the same. Then, another and another and another.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
Top Critic
July 1, 2011

Entertainers bloom from nowhere, sing and then vanish - it's rather like an extended music video.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
June 21, 2011

Works best when its director tamps down his impulse to enhance the performances with florid narratives, focusing on just the singer and the song.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
December 1, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2011

The richness that John Turturro professes to find in the music is likely to remain largely unapparent to the viewer.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 4, 2011

Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 28, 2011

Like pasta, Turturro throws it on the wall and some of it sticks.

Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 24, 2011

[D]espite confusing presentation of . . . specifics of each song and artist . . . the passion comes through, enthusiastically bringing Neapolitan music to the world stage.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
December 8, 2011

Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
June 24, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 18, 2011

[VIDEO] If you want passion, "Passione" has plenty to share.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 20, 2011

The actor-director's love letter to some 800 years of Neapolitan expression probes its subject with a wide romantic outlook.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 23, 2011

challenges and engages us to find the familiar in the Neapolitan sounds it presents

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 14, 2011

A sensuous tribute to the city of Naples and the emotional undertow of its diverse musical traditions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2011

...something very unique and often mesmerizing

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2011

...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione."

Full Review | Original Score: B
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
June 21, 2011

While "Passione" praises the spirit of its subjects, it also attends to the discipline and tenacity that makes them worth noticing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 5, 2011

Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
September 29, 2011

This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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