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Little wonder that Passione, John Turturro's wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples, was "rapturously received" (Variety) and interrupted by "spontaneous outbreaks of applause" (Sight + Sound Magazine) in Italy, where it played for more than four months (its soundtrack on the charts for five). A brilliant actor in film, theater, and television, Turturro is also the director of three features (including the hilarious, irreverent Romance & Cigarettes which premiered at Film Forum) and a man whose talents are fueled by an unquenchable zest for life. He… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Turturro creates the sense that music spews spontaneously from the average Neapolitan and limits the film's educational quotient. But as anyone who has been to Naples knows, you don't go there to learn but to live, out loud."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is a one-of-a-kind documentary."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"There's a pleasant song at the beginning of "Passione." Then, another one that sounds almost exactly the same. Then, another and another and another."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's a happy ramble through the storied streets with Turturro as our guide, not pretending to be an expert; it's more like having a good friend take you to this place he really loves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione.""
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"That's the charm of "Passione." Turturro is so head over heels in love with this city and this music he's willing to risk looking a little stupid. Ah, l'amore."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"You can't exactly say you've learned the story of Neapolitan music after watching it, but you certainly feel invigorated by the color, motion and, especially, sound that Turturro has marshaled."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"What Turturro, who appears in the film as a combination tour guide and impresario, has come up with is closer to a fantasia than a traditional documentary."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"...something very unique and often mesmerizing"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Like pasta, Turturro throws it on the wall and some of it sticks."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A multi-dimensional painting of the rich culture of Naples in sound and image."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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