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Passion Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
This trashy agenda could have a certain appeal if it were executed with wry humour or nightmarish obsessiveness -- as in, say, De Palma's Dressed To Kill -- but this time around the whole thing feels so vapid, so dated.
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
August 25, 2013
With a bafflingly awful performance from McAdams and insulting, manipulative twists, Passion never capitalizes on its style and instead wallows in unintentional camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Beck
August 29, 2013
"Passion" is one of those films that could almost act as a guilty pleasure if there weren't so many silly things holding it back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Miraudo
July 25, 2013
It's not De Palma's over-the-top direction that undoes Passion; rather, the terminal miscasting of its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Film Racket
November 5, 2013
The movie's main redeeming quality is De Palma's typically dazzling visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 5, 2013
Less mysterious than confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.4/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 26, 2013
On the cusp of being vintage DePalma, but missing the titular you-know-what that would have made it work
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
August 2, 2013
Passion smacks of self-parody; by the time De Palma makes his way to some intended-to-be-jolting final shots, I found myself laughing out loud at his shamelessness.
Simon Foster
July 31, 2013
Passion is the work of a director falling back on what he has done well for four decades and plays tired and desperate.He should have called his film something else.
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Jordan Hoffman
September 9, 2012
it will no doubt find its boosters
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Levin
September 3, 2013
Passion is a Brian De Palma greatest hits package, the filmmaker showing off, more than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
Like late-period Hitchcock, you hang in there because there's enough zing left on the screen to let you know you're watching a real filmmaker at work-but the payoffs never really come and certainly the movie never lives up to its title.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 29, 2013
With no heat at all and a woefully disjointed cast, De Palma's danse macabre never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 2, 2013
Despite De Palma's lavish proof of what he can accomplish with classical technique, the movie comes off as too much for too little, a collection of mechanisms that decorate mechanisms.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 12, 2013
One's ultimate reaction is likely to one of indifference, bemusement or outright disdain considering the pedigree of the filmmaker helming the project: Brian De Palma.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lee Marshall
Screen International
January 22, 2013
The film picks up a little when the murder mystery kicks in, but it's only a brief respite.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 30, 2013
Trashy remake of the brilliant French black comedy strips out the satire and slathers what's left in ridiculous lesbian-erotic-thriller sauce.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 31, 2013
Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice.
Glenn Lovell
August 7, 2013
This slant is as melodramatic and obvious as the original was meticulous and surprising ... De Palma being De Palma, the remake is awash in self-referential tropes, including the false endings a la 'Carrie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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