With a bafflingly awful performance from McAdams and insulting, manipulative twists, Passion never capitalizes on its style and instead wallows in unintentional camp.
| Original Score: 4/10
"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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's not De Palma's over-the-top direction that undoes Passion; rather, the terminal miscasting of its two leads.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The movie's main redeeming quality is De Palma's typically dazzling visual style.
Less mysterious than confusing.
| Original Score: 5.4/10
On the cusp of being vintage DePalma, but missing the titular you-know-what that would have made it work
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.
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.
it will no doubt find its boosters
| Original Score: C
Passion is a Brian De Palma greatest hits package, the filmmaker showing off, more than anything else.
With no heat at all and a woefully disjointed cast, De Palma's danse macabre never catches fire.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The film picks up a little when the murder mystery kicks in, but it's only a brief respite.
Trashy remake of the brilliant French black comedy strips out the satire and slathers what's left in ridiculous lesbian-erotic-thriller sauce.
Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice.
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.'
Mostly it's another opportunity for this most self-referential of directors to dip once again into his well-worn bag of tricks.
I have no objection to DePalma laughing at himself. But his heart's not in it. Neither is his libido. Passion lacks the promise of its title. It's dead inside.