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Passione Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 9, 2011
Turturro creates the sense that music spews spontaneously from the average Neapolitan and limits the film's educational quotient. But as anyone who has been to Naples knows, you don't go there to learn but to live, out loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
December 8, 2011
Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 1, 2011
It's a happy ramble through the storied streets with Turturro as our guide, not pretending to be an expert; it's more like having a good friend take you to this place he really loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 25, 2011
Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2011
...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione."
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2011
...something very unique and often mesmerizing
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 4, 2011
Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 4, 2011
That's the charm of "Passione." Turturro is so head over heels in love with this city and this music he's willing to risk looking a little stupid. Ah, l'amore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 28, 2011
Like pasta, Turturro throws it on the wall and some of it sticks.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2011
This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011
There's a pleasant song at the beginning of "Passione." Then, another one that sounds almost exactly the same. Then, another and another and another.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2011
Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 22, 2011
What Turturro, who appears in the film as a combination tour guide and impresario, has come up with is closer to a fantasia than a traditional documentary.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011
A beautifully structured and photographed film, John Turturro's rapturous "Passione" offers a vibrant exploration and celebration of Neapolitan music in all its grit and glory...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
Loosely structured as a sort of musical travelogue, with 23 song performances interwoven, it's as passionate as the singers it showcases, enveloping the viewer in the soulful music it celebrates.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
July 14, 2011
You can't exactly say you've learned the story of Neapolitan music after watching it, but you certainly feel invigorated by the color, motion and, especially, sound that Turturro has marshaled.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
July 3, 2011
[A] ironic, flamboyant and sentimental anthology of the divergent and colliding musical styles of Naples...
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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
July 1, 2011
Entertainers bloom from nowhere, sing and then vanish - it's rather like an extended music video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 30, 2011
A multi-dimensional painting of the rich culture of Naples in sound and image.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nora Lee Mandel
June 24, 2011
[D]espite confusing presentation of . . . specifics of each song and artist . . . the passion comes through, enthusiastically bringing Neapolitan music to the world stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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