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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: 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.
  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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 29, 2013
    50
    A campy erotic thriller that’s seriously short of, well, passion.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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 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! Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    6
    Brian DePalma's remake of the French thriller 'Love Crime' is a much glossier affair than its counterpart, although not quite as good. Containing all of DePalma's usual trademarks; Circling and tracking camera movements, overhead shots, scene dissolves, and of course split screen which, as presented here, is disappointingly rather superfluous. The film is also beautifully shot and designed and DePalma has lost none of his skill for drawing the viewer in. What the film does lack, surprisingly, is any really good set pieces which are often the director's piece de resistance.

    The first hour is compulsive viewing as the female protagonists scheme and manipulate ensuring audience intrigue as to where events are going, but with the demise of one of the characters the film begins to fall apart and, unfortunately, it never recovers. This is a story weakness because 'Love Crime' also suffered the same problem at the same point but did manage to get back on track for a good ending. DePalma presents us with his own special kind of ending that just doesn't work here. In fact this final sequence is yet another failed attempt to repeat the 'Carrie' finale which succeeded because it had a genuine shock at its conclusion. Interestingly, the music used for this final sequence would seem to have been lifted straight out of 'Dressed to Kill'

    The verdict has to be that whilst this is not vintage DePalma, it deserves better than to be shunted out as a 'Straight to DVD' release as has been its fate in the UK. Mediocre DePalma is still a lot better than many other director's at the top of their game.
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  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 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. Collapse
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    3
    This is a boring, meaningless movie which lacks a decent plot and tries to attract the audience through supposedly sexy or provocative scenes. The characters are egomaniacs, the mystery lasts very little and the ending is confusing.
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  5. Feb 18, 2014
    3
    A ridiculous film full of stupid characters doing stupid things. A waste of two great actresses and a great director's talents.The plot is ludicrous and the twists don't pack the punch that you expect them to. They simply leave the viewer in an "oh, COME ON!" state of mind. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2014
    3
    This film is full of over acting from some really good actresses. While going for a psychological thriller Brian De Palma gives us a mess with some very unlikeable characters. D Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2013
    0
    Passion is half baked, boring and ineffective. I love Brian De Palma and his awesome work. He returns to the Razzies with Passion. It's Moviegoers get attracted to the romantic atmosphere and music Bullsh*t. De Palma's language issues are there but the movie's "passion" isn't there. Not a romantic film, thoroughly disturbing and very very boring but very bad portrayal but Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams. Being piece of horsecrap- Passion is one of the most dissapointing films in history. Expand

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