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Casanova (2005)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 74

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


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 23

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



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History's most renowned ladies' man finally meets his match in this historical romance laced with comedy and adventure. In Venice in 1753, Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) is a notorious playboy whose way with women goes too far when he's caught leaving the bedroom of a novice nun, and one of the leading prosecutors of the Inquisition, Pucci (Jeremy Irons), puts him on trial. The Doge (Tim McInnerny), Venice's political point man, is a friend of Casanova's and pulls strings to get him off the


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jeffrey Hatcher, Kimberly Simi

Apr 25, 2006


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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (74) | DVD (25)

Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.

January 18, 2006
New York Observer
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The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand.

January 6, 2006
Rolling Stone
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The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
Orlando Sentinel
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The irony of [Sienna] Miller co-starring in a film about the world's most notorious lothario aside, there's not much to love about Casanova.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Despite its oh-so deviant title character, Casanova is a harmless bon-bon, a breezy period farce that mimics lesser Shakespeare and a look that recalls Amadeus or Shakespeare in Love.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A ribald, witty costume comedy filled with delightful performances and wily plot turns, this is the sort of film that makes you wonder why more films like this aren't made.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

April 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

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

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

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

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

December 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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

While not quite as irresistibly seductive as its title character, Casanova is the perfect cinematic one-night stand: charming, romantic and awfully easy on the eyes.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

even I - a product of the American public school system - am able to recognize that much of this film is complete bollix

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A horndog who deserves a swift kick where the Venetian sun don't shine.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Call it an arthouse guilty pleasure if you like, but Casanova is a visually stunning, slyly amusing, and sweetly enjoyable little period-piece of a comedy.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source:

Tom Jones or Shakespeare in Love it's not; pleasing fizz it is.

April 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Surprisingly for a movie about a legendary womaniser there's hardly any sex in it, let alone any nudity. This is a criminal oversight from which the film never really recovers.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The combination of love, lust, music and Venice are the compelling ingredients of Casanova, a swashbuckling tale about matters of the heart and the masks we wear.

February 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Even if Heath Ledger were the only thing worth seeing in this movie, the movie would be well worth seeing. Happily, there are many other things to recommend the picture.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

Those who grew up with Three's Company reruns will recognize the story

February 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Hallstrom reduces history's most notorious cad to a plot device, forced to jump through so many narrative hoops it's impossible to keep up -- and even harder to care.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Forsooth. Thou art better of at another show.

January 14, 2006 Full Review
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January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

... plunders from Shakespeare, panders to feminism and offers puns and one-liners as if the setting were a vaudeville stage, not 1753 Venice.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The whole point is a film that's stylish, witty and romantic -- three things that Casanova most definitely is.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.
February 11, 2010

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.
July 17, 2009
Robert C

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It was a good movie. But not my kind of movie
April 12, 2009
Martin Sahlin

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Heath Ledger stars as the amorous adventurer who finally meets his match in the form of fiery academic Sienna Miller. Ledger is obviously having fun as the lovable rogue and it has all the ingredients for a fun period romp; bedroom shenanigans, humour and a dose of swashbuckling all in lavishly reproduced costume finery. The farcical elements did get a little too broad from time to time, and combined with the script that relies a little too much on contrivances and coincidence it almost felt like an upmarket Carry On film in places. As such I found it a little hard to believe that Jeremy Irons got involved in something so comparatively inconsequential as it can't compare to the depth and drama of something like Dangerous Liaisons, but it's always at least mildly amusing, and despite it's slight lack of substance it's a pleasant piece of undemanding confectionery.
December 25, 2008
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