Passionada (2003)

Dan Ireland directs the romantic comedy Passionada about the Amontes, a Portuguese-American family living in New Bedford, MA. Celia Amonte (Sofia Milos) mourns the loss of her beloved husband, a fisherman who died at sea. She lives with her… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 15, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Goes down smoothly thanks to the trio of lead actors, whose enthusiasm and chemistry help make up for the routine filmmaking.

Megan Lehmann
New York Post

Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's a shame that more care wasn't taken in the handling of the characters or the multiple plot threads.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

Plugs New Bedford into the ethnic romantic comedy formula, and the results are, well, formulaic.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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 Holden
New York Times

A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Nice little movie.