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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
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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
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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
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 24, 2011
It can sometimes be hard to sit through, but another song is coming soon, and anyway, close your eyes and imagine you're on vacation, sipping vino in a piazza, soaking in the street life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 23, 2011
Viewers who require more context may be frustrated, but the movie is always lively, and its loose approach to history suits its impressionistic style.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 23, 2011
As a mix-tape, Passione opens up many possibilities for more guided listening, but as a film, it's at times maddeningly incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 22, 2011
A thorough and thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Neapolitan folk music old and new...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 22, 2011
Who needs talking heads for a documentary when they can have singing heads and dancing bodies?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
Works best when its director tamps down his impulse to enhance the performances with florid narratives, focusing on just the singer and the song.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 21, 2011
While "Passione" praises the spirit of its subjects, it also attends to the discipline and tenacity that makes them worth noticing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 20, 2011
The actor-director's love letter to some 800 years of Neapolitan expression probes its subject with a wide romantic outlook.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 13, 2010
Pic's pleasant collage of reportage and musical perfs features locally renowned recording artists adding their contempo spin to classic Neapolitan songs, often while acting out mini melodramas at the same time in real locations.