Casanova (2005)



Critic Consensus: This frothy, oddly bloodless film does a disservice to the colorful life of the real Casanova.

Movie Info

For the first time in his life, the legendary Casanova is about to meet his match with an alluring Venetian beauty, Francesca, who does the one thing he never thought possible: refuse him. Through a series of clever disguises and scheming ruses, he manages to get ever closer to Francesca. But he is playing the most dangerous game he has ever encountered - one that will risk not only his life and reputation, but his only chance at true passion.

Rating: R (for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Hatcher, Kimberly Simi, Kimberly Dimi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Box Office: $11.2M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


as Casanova

as Francesca Bruni

as Paprizzio

as Andrea

as Bernardo Guardi

as Dalfonso

as Casanova's Mother

as Mother's Lover/Tito

as The Doge

as Giovanni Bruni

as Vittorio

as Andolini

as Casanova's Grandmoth...

as Casanova at 11

as Cardinal Lopresta

as Sister Beatrice

as Sister Magdalene

as Prof. Bennetto

as Beautiful Masked Wom...

as Masked Casanova Acto...

as Bookseller/Printer

as Beautiful Woman in B...

as Customs Officer

as Maggiordomo

as Bruni's Maid

as Lolling Street Walke...

as Prostitute

as Dark Haired Beauty

as Fair Haired Woman

as Another Woman

as Another Beauty

as Woman in Bookshop

as Plain Woman in Books...

as Plain Looking Woman

as Laughing Man

as Dalfonso's Secretary

as Whispering Woman

as Flunkey Captain

as Society Woman

as Drunken Reveller

as Casanova Actor

as Lady Actress

as Gondola Singer

as Man in Brothel

as Pig

as Sister Magdalene
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Critic Reviews for Casanova

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (44)

Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.

January 18, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

A fun, lighthearted, energetic (if insignificant) romp that features fine work from Ledger, Platt and Irons. I was grinning for most of the running time.

Full Review… | April 28, 2013
Film Geek Central

Gets funny once it enters farce mode. Nothing special by the cast, including Ledger.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009

One of those smart pictures that transcends genres, a costume romance inspired by Restoration comedy, French farce and vaudevillian slapstick.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

There's no edge in Ledger's performance, only a lot of cutesy moments.

Full Review… | December 31, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Casanova is just a farce, true, but there's a smugness to the proceedings that leaves a bad aftertaste.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Casanova


Heath Ledger, Omid Djalili, Senna Miller, Charlie Cox, Lena Olin, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Dormer, Oliver Platt, Lauren Cohan

DIRECTED BY: Lasse Hallstrom

Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

It was a good little movie I caught on T.V, today. Entertaining with a great cast. Had great costumes and a great scenery of Venice. What I thought would be a bit more of a serious movie ended up being a very humorous one. Enjoyed it.


Super Reviewer


I took this journey mainly because of Heath Ledger. The fact that Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin & Oliver Platt were envolved also helped.

But what I assumed would be a sort of lush period piece with a dash of period specific humor (a la' 'A Room With A View") ended up feeling more like a "slap-sticky" comedy of errors.

Beautiful costumes, sets and location shots. Had I not been expecting a more realistic "period piece" type film, the cheesy over the top acting probably wouldn't have bothered me as much.

In any case while the story is predictable, this was ammusing and a (mostly) enjoyable romp. It did make me a bit melancholy for the great things that I believe would have come from Mr. Ledger had he stayed with us longer.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

It was a good movie. But not my kind of movie

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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