Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 11, 2011
    42
    This underworld fairy tale is so soggy and sentimental it's like a new genre: Hallmark noir.
  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: Stephen Holden
    May 5, 2011
    10
    You might reasonably assume that any movie starring Mr. Rourke and Mr. Murray would have to have something to recommend it. But aside from a haunting musical interlude, in which Mr. Rourke, with pathetic ineptitude, mimes playing a trumpet, Passion Play is barely palatable.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 5, 2011
    10
    Every now and then a movie's awfulness rises to the level of mystery.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    May 2, 2011
    40
    If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent.
  11. 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.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User 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 magicRourke'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. Full Review »
  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 justShame 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. Full Review »