Passion Reviews

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June 19, 2016
'Passion' is, outside of its cinephile-pleasing gestures, a pretty bad movie. If it bore any other filmmaker's name, would we cut it the same slack?
September 26, 2013
What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.
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.
September 4, 2013
A throwaway by a gifted filmmaker who has run out of ideas.
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.
August 30, 2013
After the clinically dull first half, it's more desperate pantry raid than feast.
August 30, 2013
Entrancing and narcotizing in about equal measure.
August 30, 2013
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.
August 29, 2013
"Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously.
August 29, 2013
Mostly it's another opportunity for this most self-referential of directors to dip once again into his well-worn bag of tricks.
August 29, 2013
In a film that isn't so good ... excess becomes a lot less enjoyable. And "Passion" isn't so good.
August 29, 2013
With no heat at all and a woefully disjointed cast, De Palma's danse macabre never catches fire.
August 29, 2013
One of [De Palma's] sillier and trashier pictures, with nothing much to recommend it apart from those long-delayed bravura sequences.
August 28, 2013
Passion turns into vintage De Palma - which is to say, the film seems almost engineered to get you giggling at the extravagance of its absurdity.
August 27, 2013
Those who submit to the movie's spell may well find themselves giddy at how viscerally and confidently an old master can deploy the tools of his trade.
August 27, 2013
Passion is pretty good. If you cared enough to make a list, it might be your fifth or sixth favorite De Palma.
August 27, 2013 once a classy suspense movie and an unquestionably silly affair. Regardless of its glaring flaws, "Passion" is reassuringly old school.
August 26, 2013
This tarted-up English-language remake affords some modestly campy pleasures, but lacks the delirious trash-horror verve of De Palma's best work.
August 6, 2013
The movie is one long game of misdirection, playing tricks on viewers from scene to scene, and showing how easy it is to steer a crowd into missing something important.
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.
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