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While Passing's delicate approach has a dampening effect on its story, debuting director Rebecca Hall makes the most of an impressive cast -- and handles thorny themes with impressive dexterity. Read critic reviews

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  • It all leads to a shocking and devastating conclusion but with gentle compassion, Hall captures the isolation, admiration, and quiet desperation between the women in a sophisticated story that still resonates nearly a century after it was first told.

    February 23, 2021 | Full Review…
  • If you don't expect the film to do any heavy lifting on race analysis, Passing is a solid directorial debut by Rebecca Hall, who recently made a discovery about her own heritage.

    February 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film feels almost dreamlike, evoking a world in which the lines that separate friendship from desire, love from hate, and white from Black are more permeable than you might expect - a world a lot like today's.

    February 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Passing is among the most major films that came out of this year's Sundance with its incisive lens focused on a gray area of racial identity rarely spelled out in contemporary cinema.

    February 9, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The premise is so repugnant, audiences may flinch at the prospect of watching a social/racial malady that should have never existed. If they do, they will miss an impeccable recreation of the Harlem Renaissance era -- warts and all.

    February 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Passing might not be a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, but it's a precise and self-assured work from Hall. With Passing, she's taken on a great, but highly internal, literary work that might not appear easily translatable to the screen.

    February 5, 2021 | Full Review…

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