Owen Gleiberman
May 13, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Passion Play

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/06/11
performer
Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke
distributor
Image Entertainment
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C-

This underworld fairy tale is so soggy and sentimental it’s like a new genre: Hallmark noir. Mickey Rourke has nothing to do but mope as Nate, a jazz trumpeter who rescues a sexy angel (Megan Fox) from a circus. She really is an angel — wings and all. And if that sounds a bit much, so is the whole movie, with its logy, inept pace and programmed melancholy. There’s one relief: Bill Murray plays an insecure gangster, and he’s at once crestfallen and threatening. Quick! Someone cast Murray as a major villain! (Also available on demand) C?

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