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Passionada Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 2, 2004
It's a shame that more care wasn't taken in the handling of the characters or the multiple plot threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2004
Goes down smoothly thanks to the trio of lead actors, whose enthusiasm and chemistry help make up for the routine filmmaking.
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Plugs New Bedford into the ethnic romantic comedy formula, and the results are, well, formulaic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2003
Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 24, 2003
The romance in Passionada is appealing enough, but the movie's real strengths are Rossum, whose wide eyes and easy laugh may remind you of Julia Roberts, its surprising characters and the stunning coastal setting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2003
This slight and pleasantly predictable film coasts along on the considerable charms of its cast and exotic setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
September 12, 2003
There are movies that are made for the big screen, and movies that are made for the small screen; Passionada is the latter type.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2003
Afraid to trust the strength of its simple story, it clutters it up with subplots, some of which seem to have been forgotten in the editing.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 12, 2003
Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 12, 2003
Passionada is not as passionate as you may suspect. It's just a tender story about how opposites attract, and how much the nation is opening toward those who are different.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 12, 2003
Passionada is a beguiling love story about two middle-agers who must set aside their loyalties to the past in order to forge a meaningful future together.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 11, 2003
A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2003
While the situations don't add up to a satisfying film, the characters are pleasing to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
September 9, 2003
The clash between Ireland's art house aspirations and the obviousness of his choices ... is grating.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 8, 2003
A warm, sincere love story especially suitable as a date movie for people in their 30s and 40s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 5, 2003
Top heavy on charm and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 30, 2003
It is directed (by Dan Ireland) at such a lethargic pace that you won't really care whether poor Celia gets her groove back or not.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 29, 2003
Some of it is pedestrian, much is predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2003
We feel surprising affection for these people from New Bedford, Mass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 28, 2003
It's extremely likable and well done.
| Original Score: 3/4
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