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A woman learning to trust men again finds herself falling for a man who may not be trustworthy in this romantic comedy. Celia Amonte (Sofia Milos) is a beautiful woman of Portuguese-American heritage who lost her husband, a fisherman, to an accident at sea. Eight years after his death, Celia remains loyal to her late husband's memory, even though her equally lovely teenage daughter, Vicky (Emmy Rossum), frequently encourages her to start dating again, and has even tried fixing Celia up with eligible men. Unknown to her mother, Vicky has become a frequent visitor to a local gambling casino,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Goes down smoothly thanks to the trio of lead actors, whose enthusiasm and chemistry help make up for the routine filmmaking."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"It's a shame that more care wasn't taken in the handling of the characters or the multiple plot threads."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This slight and pleasantly predictable film coasts along on the considerable charms of its cast and exotic setting."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A warm, sincere love story especially suitable as a date movie for people in their 30s and 40s."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Passionada is not as passionate as you may suspect. It's just a tender story about how opposites attract, and how much the nation is opening toward those who are different."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Plugs New Bedford into the ethnic romantic comedy formula, and the results are, well, formulaic."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"There are movies that are made for the big screen, and movies that are made for the small screen; Passionada is the latter type."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Top heavy on charm and sentimentality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Afraid to trust the strength of its simple story, it clutters it up with subplots, some of which seem to have been forgotten in the editing."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The romance in Passionada is appealing enough, but the movie's real strengths are Rossum, whose wide eyes and easy laugh may remind you of Julia Roberts, its surprising characters and the stunning coastal setting."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Passionada is a beguiling love story about two middle-agers who must set aside their loyalties to the past in order to forge a meaningful future together."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It is directed (by Dan Ireland) at such a lethargic pace that you won't really care whether poor Celia gets her groove back or not."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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