"This film is nothing short of masterful."
— Sara Michelle Fetters, MovieFreak.com
"Thompson and Negga are both tremendous."
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A beautiful film. It's achingly sad, delicate, and gorgeous."
— Christy Lemire, FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
"It's one of the rare adaptations that catches the essence of literary style in its images and its tones."
— Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Passing is one of the must-see films of 2021, one that will stay in your mind well after the credits have begun to roll."
— Michael Blackmon, BuzzFeed News
"It's a tremendous debut effort for Hall, whose work seems more like that of a seasoned veteran than a first-timer."
— James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"In the end, Passing will leave its audience gasping and then framing and reframing in their minds a story ripe with ineffable realities."
— John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"What's most striking about Hall's direction is her visual acuity, her gift for composing images that are gorgeous, disorienting and strangely intuitive."
— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"A series of gorgeously shot episodes that are often dramatically oblique in isolation but combine to form a mesmerising, deeply disquieting experience."
— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
"The stars bring it all home by understanding how to say a lot, while also saying very little. There's a great deal of subtext in every scene and a real sense of tension."
— Robert Levin, Newsday
"Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in two of the year's best performances, this mesmerizing film about race, class and gender identity in the 1920s speaks urgently to right now and marks a brilliant directing debut for Rebecca Hall."
— Peter Travers, ABC News
"The story passes from summer to winter, seasonally and tonally, and Hall’s chief allies in bringing her smart script to screen are Edu Grau’s stunning black-and-white photography (reason alone to see the film), Dev Hynes’s piano jazz score and two extraordinarily thoughtful central performances from Negga and Thompson."
— Dave Calhoun, Time Out