• Passione
    2 minutes 27 seconds
    Added: May 7, 2013

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Passione Reviews

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 1, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 25, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 22, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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[A] ironic, flamboyant and sentimental anthology of the divergent and colliding musical styles of Naples...

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 3, 2011
Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
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Entertainers bloom from nowhere, sing and then vanish - it's rather like an extended music video.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2011
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Viewers who require more context may be frustrated, but the movie is always lively, and its loose approach to history suits its impressionistic style.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 23, 2011
Sam Adams
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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A thorough and thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Neapolitan folk music old and new...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Who needs talking heads for a documentary when they can have singing heads and dancing bodies?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Works best when its director tamps down his impulse to enhance the performances with florid narratives, focusing on just the singer and the song.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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While "Passione" praises the spirit of its subjects, it also attends to the discipline and tenacity that makes them worth noticing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2011
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Pic's pleasant collage of reportage and musical perfs features locally renowned recording artists adding their contempo spin to classic Neapolitan songs, often while acting out mini melodramas at the same time in real locations.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2010
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