Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Aug 2, 2013
    100
    Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 27, 2013
    80
    This is truly De Palma–ville, and the filmmaker’s remake of Alain Corneau’s tale of corporate bloodletting, "Love Crime" (2010), is a welcome return to the carnal shockers that he does so well.
  3. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Sep 3, 2013
    75
    De Palma is such a dazzling stylist that for most of Passion, you'll find it perfectly acceptable to let the visuals wash over you, paying only passing attention to the plot.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 23, 2013
    75
    Passion simultaneously parodies its plot while elevating it to a strangely involving exercise in cinematic drama. The filmmaker has either lost control of the material or maintains the same calculation of his protagonists. But the entertainment value associated with that uncertainty is the essence of his career.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 23, 2013
    75
    Passion is a serpentine, gorgeously orchestrated gathering of all of De Palma's pet themes and conceits, a symphony of giddy terror where people perpetually hide behind masks, both literal and figurative.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Passion is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 27, 2013
    70
    Passion is pretty good.
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 4, 2013
    70
    The movie is one long game of misdirection, playing tricks on viewers from scene to scene, and showing how easy it is to steer a crowd into missing something important. That’s the real De Palma touch, even more than the operatic overtones and excess.
  9. Reviewed by: Jaime Dunn
    Apr 23, 2013
    58
    De Palma’s heart ultimately doesn’t feel fully in this film. What Passion is lacking is, ironically, some passion.
  10. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 5, 2013
    50
    What Passion ultimately lacks most, ironically, is passion, the artistic fervor that distinguished all his best pictures. This one feels like a throwaway by a gifted filmmaker who has run out of ideas.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    Passion will only rekindle your love affair with De Palma to the extent that his luridly artisan chiller classics are readily available afterward for another viewing.
  12. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 29, 2013
    50
    A campy erotic thriller that’s seriously short of, well, passion.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 29, 2013
    50
    One of the joys of a good Brian De Palma film is his willingness to go over the top. In a film that isn’t so good, that excess becomes a lot less enjoyable. And Passion isn’t so good.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 28, 2013
    50
    Passion, De Palma’s latest film, will irritate the faithful for about an hour, then thrill them as the master abruptly springs to life and starts carving up screen space with his usual reckless precision.
  15. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 28, 2013
    50
    Passion turns into vintage De Palma — which is to say, the film seems almost engineered to get you giggling at the extravagance of its absurdity. Any enthusiasm in the viewer is bound to be a shadow of the film's passion for itself.
  16. 50
    DePalma flirts with the lurid and tosses in some interesting third act surprises, but never finds his way back to the sexually charged tone and shocks of his earlier thrillers.
  17. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 23, 2013
    50
    Clearly, Passion means to be a hoot, a wet-dream thriller for cinephiles. But by the time it reaches its overwrought final act, the picture has generated neither the tension of its forebears nor the audacity that would allow it to transcend its silliness.
  18. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 23, 2013
    50
    As a movie, quite frankly, it stinks. As an “entertainment object,” it will no doubt find its boosters.
  19. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Apr 23, 2013
    40
    The impression is that De Palma is indulging himself with homages to his own Hitchcockian greatest hits, with results that veer close to self-parody on occasion and emphasize just how far this once-outstanding director's creative star has plummeted.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 30, 2013
    38
    Is a Brian DePalma movie that laughs at Brian De Palma movies still worth your time?
  21. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 23, 2013
    38
    Where Corneau flirted with erotic tension, De Palma flaunts it. Where Corneau went for nightmarish reality, De Palma does noirish dreams.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 29, 2013
    20
    With no heat at all and a woefully disjointed cast, De Palma’s danse macabre never catches fire.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    9
    Passion is a really good movie. I haven't seen the original which is a french film but Passion was great. The plot and the whole idea werePassion is a really good movie. I haven't seen the original which is a french film but Passion was great. The plot and the whole idea were really smart. Noomi Rapace was something more than excellent and Rachel McAdams was really good too. I haven't watched any other Brian de Palma film but as I saw in Passion he must be really good. I also liked the cinematography and the whole atmosphere was totally like watching a thriller. Though it could have a bigger "twist", Passion entertains and it will surely make some people feel disturbed. A really really good movie with an excellent cast! Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    5
    Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace start out so tight you'd think they were lovers, but that fondness turns to competition, then deception, thenRachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace start out so tight you'd think they were lovers, but that fondness turns to competition, then deception, then hate. While the plot takes too long to develop and ultimately crumbles, the performances are engaging. Master director Brian De Palma knows how to craft a compelling story, but this one works against him. The most notable aspect of this film is the high-end, polished look: slick art direction, beautiful design and high glamour women. Unfortunately, it takes more than that to make a gripping drama. Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    6
    I'd suggest it's a bit better than the original French film (Love Crime), mostly because it adds all the DePalma melodrama and camp. Noomi isI'd suggest it's a bit better than the original French film (Love Crime), mostly because it adds all the DePalma melodrama and camp. Noomi is solid and McAdams is really perfect in the role. The chief weakness in the film is the boredom surrounding the set-up scenes the seemingly unimportant acts that later tie things together. I mean, sure, you have to have those in the movie, but you've got to make the "getting there" interesting. I'm still deciding whether I liked the split-screen during the ballet sequence. I think the dancer was a bit too good-looking because she distracts from the other half of the screen which is important. Regardless, it's not one of DePalma's best, but it's fun. Full Review »