(2012)

Critic Reviews

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100
Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller.
100
Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
58
De Palma's heart ultimately doesn't feel fully in this film. What Passion is lacking is, ironically, some passion.
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.
50
As a movie, quite frankly, it stinks. As an “entertainment object,” it will no doubt find its boosters.
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.
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.
50
A campy erotic thriller that's seriously short of, well, passion.
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.
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.
38
Where Corneau flirted with erotic tension, De Palma flaunts it. Where Corneau went for nightmarish reality, De Palma does noirish dreams.
38
Is a Brian DePalma movie that laughs at Brian De Palma movies still worth your time?
20
With no heat at all and a woefully disjointed cast, De Palma's danse macabre never catches fire.

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