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  • Summary: A terrific cast will hold you spellbound in this one of a kind seductive thriller from the screenwriter of The Recruit. The last thing washed-up jazz musician Nate Pool wanted to do was betray sinister gangster Happy Shannon. But it may be the last thing he does unless he can deliver Lily, a beautiful and mysterious carnival sideshow attraction. The stakes can't get any higher for the two lovers as they try to elude the merciless killer who will stop at nothing to keep Lily for himself. Kelly Lynch (Drugstore Cowboy) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) costar in this gritty and unpredictable tale of redemption in the hard-boiled tradition of classic film noir. (Image Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: S.T. VanAirsdale
    May 5, 2011
    65
    Fox and Rourke embody Lily and Nate's lost souls with vulnerability that's at once strikingly sincere and strange, particularly for two actors renowned for their impunity both on and off screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 6, 2011
    63
    Even when scary, Murray is somehow funny, too, and he steals the show as always.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 3, 2011
    50
    The reality is that Passion Play has a few good ideas that simply don't hold together. More of a miscalculation than an outright dud, it takes the form of a wildly surreal western fantasy, something that Chilean madman Alejandro Jodorowsky ("El Topo") could have executed with more rigorous invention.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 2, 2011
    30
    Perversely eccentric and frequently inert, screenwriter Mitch Glazer's directorial debut, Passion Play, will benefit from some of the well-known names attached, but the near-painful hipness of the production will yield poisonous word of mouth.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 3, 2011
    20
    You can take the phoenix-rising actor out of straight-to-video trash, but-well, you know the rest of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    May 5, 2011
    16
    Passion Play doesn't overreach so much as it overindulges in aimless pacing, inert acting, and a romance maudlin enough to make "Twilight" look restrained.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 5, 2011
    10
    Inexplicably filmed in a handful of styles - including, bizarrely, obviously processed shots - by cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Passion Play would be midnight-movie fodder if it weren't so drearily wrapped up in its wounded-male aesthetic and a clumsy approach to art-movie moodiness that was abandoned in the '80s.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 4, 2012
    10
    Rourke's final eye movements express not only the performace, but his life. Megan Fox, on her best movie ever, that I (and that is the magic of fox's performance) actually can believe for 2 hours that she had the right wings to save Mickey's regreting life. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    5
    An Ok Movie..
    Bill Murry Is Amazing And To Be 100% Honest This Is A Weak Film..
    Very Close To A 6.. But It's Not Going To Happen
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    3
    Shame in everybody that was related to this movie, horrible screenplay, what a stupid and non-sense story, Megan Fox sometimes is better just stop trying, if you keep doing this kind of movies, you can say bye bye to your career, but i still like you. Bill Murray what happen? Mickey Rourke who cares. Expand

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