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Passion Play Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2011
You can do worse than a movie that features Megan Fox stripped down to her tattoos and Bill Murray as a pinstriped gangster who says things like, "Kill him and bring her back here."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 16, 2012
This often risible mood piece stars Megan Fox as a circus sideshow attraction who has actual angel wings growing out of her back. Rather than doing the sensible thing and joining the X-Men, she instead decides to make out with Mickey Rourke. Go figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
July 13, 2011
Perhaps it's needless to say, but Rourke and Fox are a thoroughly mismatched screen couple, who exude zero screen chemistry with one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 12/100
Brian Holcomb
June 27, 2011
A vanity project from successful Hollywood screenwriter Mitch Glazer, this film should really be much funnier than it is. Oh, it's not a comedy, by the way. Not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2011
Peculiarly bad. It's one of those total misfires that wanders so far off the track that you're left scratching your head.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 2, 2011
One of the funniest most pretentious art house flicks of the year...
Brian Orndorf
May 20, 2011
There's undeniable entertainment value in accidental absurdity, but Passion Play strikes a note of delirium that's downright painful to process.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 16, 2011
The very definition of a cinematic curiosity: a movie that seems almost too strange to exist.
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Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2011
Mickey Rourke recently made headlines for dubbing Passion Play "a terrible movie," a proclamation that's ultimately most notable for its understatement.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2011
This underworld fairy tale is so soggy and sentimental it's like a new genre: Hallmark noir.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Prairie Miller
May 8, 2011
Black Swan meets Water For Elephants, sort of. And is Mickey Rourke's male cougar character's obsession with his leading lady's wings in this post-mortem noir, possibly suspect intimations of either bestiality or necrophilia? Who cares.
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 8, 2011
The net effect is as if someone had set out to imitate a David Lynch movie without ever having seen one, or as if it had been directed by Wim Wenders (which is approximately the same thing).
Elliot V. Kotek
Paste Magazine
May 7, 2011
Despite a gorgeous poster, a beautiful object of affection and cult-worthy actors, Passion Play fails to transform from a poetic pet project into a fully realized film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.6/10
Brian Tallerico
May 6, 2011
From the cheesy score to the nonsensical plot to the half-asleep performances, Passion Play is a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
May 6, 2011
Screenwriter Mitch Glazer's directing debut is a romantic fable about love, redemption and exquisitely art-directed squalor whose evident sincerity is overwhelmed by its utter ridiculousness.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2011
"It's like a movie," someone says at some point. Yeah, like one. But not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2011
You almost wonder if the whole thing isn't just one big campy joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 6, 2011
Conjuring magic, it goes abracadabra and snaps its fingers, but nothing happens.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2011
Graham Parker once said, "passion is no ordinary word." Here it's worth less than dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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