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Passion (2013)



Critic Consensus: For better as well as worse, Passion is vintage De Palma sexploitation -- although with a storyline sillier than most, it fails to generate as much heat as his steamiest work.

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From screenwriter/director Brian De Palma (The Black Dahlia, The Untouchables, Scarface), PASSION stars leading-actress Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, The Vow) and the talented Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Based on the 2010 French thriller Love Crime, PASSION tells the enthralling story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business.(c) eOne

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Rachel McAdams
as Christine Stanford
Noomi Rapace
as Isabelle James
Rainer Bock
as Inspector Bach
Benjamin Sadler
as Prosecutor
Michael Rotschopf
as Isabelle's Lawyer
Dominic Raacke
as J.J. Koch
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Critic Reviews for Passion

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (28)

'Passion' is, outside of its cinephile-pleasing gestures, a pretty bad movie. If it bore any other filmmaker's name, would we cut it the same slack?

June 19, 2016 | Full Review…

What we have here is a tale of lust, deception, manipulation and murder. Quintessential De Palma, in other words.

September 26, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

One's ultimate reaction is likely to one of indifference, bemusement or outright disdain considering the pedigree of the filmmaker helming the project: Brian De Palma.

September 12, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A throwaway by a gifted filmmaker who has run out of ideas.

September 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

Despite De Palma's lavish proof of what he can accomplish with classical technique, the movie comes off as too much for too little, a collection of mechanisms that decorate mechanisms.

September 2, 2013

After the clinically dull first half, it's more desperate pantry raid than feast.

August 30, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Passion


For the most part, this is a solid thriller whose technical brilliance (mainly the fantastic art direction, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and score) is no surprise for a Brian De Palma movie. It is just too bad though that the story collapses in such a ridiculous, incoherent end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I thought this was quite good. Visually striking with strong performances, and there was some type of logic at the end. Initially I didn't know what to make of it, but it grew on me as I watched on. Pretty unlikable pair of heroines here. I found Dani the most sympathetic, and she was pretty warped too. Bitching, backstabbing and manipulation with a bit of horror thrown in. What's not to like!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

With a talented director and cast I went into this expecting some trashy fun, but it was just trash. I'm on the record in my other reviews stating I hate manipulative movies and this film is one of the biggest offenders in that regard. The plot is ludicrous thanks to contrivances and implausibilities that drove me up the wall while watching. The acting isn't even very good either. Rachel McAdams was clearly out of her depth playing the bad girl and Noomi Rapace is bland. Both of them can and have done much better work in the past. The movie seems to move at a snails pace at spots too, but picks up at the end before the ending makes everything crash and burn. The movie can be nice to look at, which is why I'm not giving it the lowest score you can, but that was really the only redeeming quality I found while watching this. Stay away.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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