"Critics' Pick! John Turturro’s galvanic tribute to the songs and singers of Naples…. There is a rich past informing every note and melody, a tangle of influences that brings echoes of Spain, North Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean basin, including Istanbul…. There is guile and nuance in these songs, but also a florid, wailing melodrama capable of turning skeptics into addicts… The attention you give this movie will be gloriously repaid. It is a place Mr. Turturro clearly loves, and whose seductions he manages to capture with intelligence and enthusiasm."
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"★★★★! Critics' Pick! Thoroughly enjoyable. Turturro, narrating onscreen with a winning exuberance, suggests songcraft is in the local blood, proudly bubbling over
like nearly Mount Vesuvius. A killer soundtrack!"
—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A must-see! Passione is the Buena Vista Social Club of Naples. I love this movie."
—Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal
“Irresistible. Delicious. A summer delight!”
—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
“Sophistication and Beauty. Outre, imaginative, at times surrealist…
The film has dozens of treasures.”
—Joan Acocella, The New Yorker