Passing (2021)

"Based on the novella of the same name by Nella Larsen, this film--directed and written for the screen by Rebecca Hall--is set in late 1920s America. It follows childhood friends Irene, known as 'Reeny' (Tessa Thompson), and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 27, 2021
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Passing's delicate approach has a dampening effect on its story, debuting director Rebecca Hall makes the most of an impressive cast -- and handles thorny themes with impressive dexterity.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Much of "Passing" could be a stage play: people talking in confined spaces, the confinement figurative as well as literal. It's a chamber drama bearing the weight of several centuries.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

This film is nothing short of masterful.

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Steve Murray

Hall's film puts us in a world of in-betweenness, in multiple ways.

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Melanie McFarland

Hall breathes life and light into it in a way that lends a weight of beauty and honesty to its immersion into a world of purposeful pretense.

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Guy Lodge
Film of the Week

Negga is altogether extraordinary, a sort of human mirage of aspirational perfection and psychological delusion, shimmering with warmth and mischief and sex.

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Asia Frey
Lagniappe (Mobile, AL)

An elegant, somber film that showcases subtle and brilliant performances from Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson.

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Soraya Nadia McDonald
The Undefeated

Ruth Negga shines in Rebecca Hall's adaptation of the Nella Larsen novel.

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Scott Tobias
The Reveal

Hall's approach has a cumulative power, tied closely to her faith that the actors can suggest an emotional turbulence that they're often not at liberty to express out loud.

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Michael Ward
Should I See It

...exists in rotational darkness and light, with profound dialogue and a skittish demeanor that amplifies the emotional uncertainty...

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