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Casablanca (1943)

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Average Rating: 9.1/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 2

An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

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One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's cafà (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters

Feb 15, 2000

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2) | DVD (49)

Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Casablanca is the most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (54)
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Film should be a solid moneymaker everywhere.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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Part of what makes this wartime Hollywood drama (1942) about love and political commitment so fondly remembered is its evocation of a time when the sentiment of this country about certain things appeared to be unified.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There are some great supporting performances, and much of the dialogue has become history.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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The film's tensions, sexual and dramatic, derive from the ambiguity of characters' motives. We can never be too sure about Rick and Renault until the final fadeout.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com
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Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there'll be something you didn't notice last time out.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Rick and Ilsa. Laszlo and the letters of transit. Captain Renault and his charming corruptibility. "As Time Goes By." "Here's looking at you, kid." You know the routine. So round up the usual accolades.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Its undying appeal may be the result of the Hollywood factory's skill, in those days, in fashioning something memorable out of virtually nothing.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Even hardened cynics who might be impelled to dismiss it as a collection of button-pushing clichés will most likely get swept up in the all the unabashed romance.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Every kid should see this Bogart classic.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (5)
Common Sense Media

Although it was made in 1942, "Casablanca" is still the greatest romantic drama ever made.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (3)
ColeSmithey.com

This is it. The best movie ever made.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Comments (9)
DVDTalk.com

The movie has a peculiar magic to it, and it's in the richness of its details that mostly go unnoticed because of the film's pace.

December 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It is the product of numerous accidents, all of them happy, and I laugh, cry and have my better instincts appealed to whenever I see it.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is one of the most timeless of all movies in terms of topic, emotion, acting and motivation.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Comments (6)
Zertinet Movies

There's a reason the world loves this wartime film, now digitally restored: more memorable dialogue than should be strictly legal, heartbreaking performances from the two leads and a plot that works with Swiss-watch precision.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Irresistible, big-hearted film-making.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Rightly one of the most popular -- if not the most popular -- films of all time.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

As time goes by, the appeal of Casablanca shows no sign of diminishing.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Casablanca

Wartime cafe owner Humphrey Bogart's life is turned upside down when the woman who broke his heart walks into his bar with her husband, a fugitive from the Nazis, looking for an escape to America. This is one of those films the phrase "they don't make 'em like that anymore" was invented for. At its core it is a propaganda film made to encourage the American public to join the fight against the Nazis, but it is far from the usual heavy handed flag waver. It skillfully interweaves the patriotic message with political intrigue, wartime heroics and romance with a script full of wit and sophistication. The cast are all pretty much faultless, but it is the uneasy friendship between Bogart and the brilliant Claude Rains which makes the film, and their cynical interplay and banter is a joy to behold. Beautifully shot with so many unforgettable lines, this film consistently features in lists of the top 10 of greatest movies ever made, and rightly so.
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"Casablanca" is a tight movie. Craftsmanship is the name of the game, and with every line, look, and movement contributing to its story, not a moment of what you see on screen is wasted. Fully realized locations, legendary performers at the top of their game, and a story that sneaks up on you with how powerful it suddenly becomes -- yes, "Casablanca" deserves the place it has made itself at the top of all-time lists. Even today it's more entertaining and emotionally resonant than many current films. That it is from 1942 and yet remains so relevant today is simply mind-blowing.
September 21, 2013
Sam Barnett

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Anyone who doesn't love "Casablanca" should...stay in Casablanca? I don't know if this is the original give-up-the-girl-for-the-sake-of-the-Resistance story, but it's certainly got the most class. My favorite scene is the one in which the Germans are carousing to their anthem, and Victor strides up to the band and tells them to play "La Marseillaise." The band leader looks over at Rick, and he nods, almost imperceptibly. Vive la France!

Upon recent viewing though, I noticed several instances of vague show coupled with obvious tell - spoken recaps of the previous scene just in case an audience missed the subtext.
August 21, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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A timeless classic filled with laughter, suspense, drama and romance. Casablanca's brilliance in dialogue and chemistry from Bogart and Bergman compile on to make this film, arguably, the symbolic motion picture of Hollywood cinema. 4.5/5
January 16, 2013
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    1. Maj. Heinrich Strasser: What is your nationality?
    2. Rick Blaine: I'm a drunkard.
    3. Capt. Louis Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.
    – Submitted by Andish M (8 months ago)
    1. Rick Blaine: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.
    2. Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I... I...
    3. Rick Blaine: Now, you've got to listen to me! You have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we'd both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn't that true, Louie?
    4. Capt. Louis Renault: I'm afraid Major Strasser would insist.
    5. Ilsa: You're saying this only to make me go.
    6. Rick Blaine: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
    7. Ilsa: But what about us?
    8. Rick Blaine: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
    9. Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you.
    – Submitted by Andish M (8 months ago)
    1. Rick Blaine: Get on that plane or I'll crush your head in with a brick!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
    1. Rick Blaine: I died young, of lung cancer.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
    1. Rick Blaine: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (18 months ago)
    1. Rick Blaine: We'll always have Paris.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (18 months ago)
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