Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.
The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand.
| Original Score: 2/4
The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
Casanova finds [director] Hallstrom more inspired, or at least lively and engaged, than he has been in years, and he's in the company of the actor of the moment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Aside from having little to say, the new edition of Casanova tries so hard to serve a crowd-pleasing buffet that it turns into a scattershot series of unrewarding nibbles.
| Original Score: C
There's less sexiness in the awful Casanova than in the downbeat, doomed gay love story featuring Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.
| Original Score: 1/4
Although Casanova is far from a stinker, I can't join in the chorus of praise for what is essentially a coy farce replete with arch performances and even archer dialogue.
| Original Score: C+
This is easily the liveliest Hallstrom has been in almost a decade.
| Original Score: B
The great discovery of this Casanova is Hallström's recovered capacity for play.
I admit that the picture is handsomely designed in gold and pale blue, but none of the tumult and pomp have any dramatic, comic, or erotic effect whatsoever.
Is it Oscar bait? Not in the least. But it's a great date flick and perfect for a time full of all those 'serious' films.
This is the very definition of an entertaining period piece romp. It's a romp, I tell ya!
A handsome chunk of widescreen entertainment that's as nimble as its rakish hero.
Pretty as the picture is, only Platt's engaging performance keeps it from fading out.
Ledger is no Casanova, and the movie is not what it should be, but once that is accepted, the movie can be appreciated for the jolly, lightweight thing it is.
One would expect Casanova, a movie about the storied loverboy of 18th-century Venice, to be wicked, ribald fun. One would be wrong.
It's a breezy fling that showcases the lighter side of Ledger.
A forgettable movie but a memorable celluloid poster for Venice.
Casanova is just plain ordinary.
A period romp that tries too hard.
Don't confuse the 18th-century Venetian setting in Casanova with sophistication.
The movie treats trysting as comedy and yet is stingy with the laughs. An action-packed life is now the chaste story of a rake whose romantic reformation is supposed to make us swoon. Must love dog? No thanks.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
In the exhilarating Casanova, giddy shenanigans effectively set off the dangerous, darker impulses of human nature.
| Original Score: 4/5
Casanova relies heavily on charm, and it's not a case of misplaced confidence. The legendary rogue's saga, at least in this fresh incarnation, is indeed a charmer.
The movie contains so little sexual content, it seems pre-edited for viewing on airplanes, or perhaps balloon rides like the fake one taken high above Venice by stars Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller.
Hallstrom gives us a genial interpretation and a supremely good-humored film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Few pictures in recent memory have worked as laboriously as Lasse Hallstrom's new romantic farce to be a featherweight lark.
Casanova works because it gives in to its nuttier impulses instead of fighting them. It's an absurdly joyous bit of fluff.
Randy flirtations and elaborate masquerades to evade the sanctimonious powers-that-be are the cornerstone of this exuberant film.
Casanova was such a genuinely fascinating person, so tireless, seductive, brilliant, revolutionary and daring, that Hallstrom's Casanova hardly does him justice.
Lasse Hallstrom's tale of an uncomplicated lover is a delightful respite from awards-season seriousness.
| Original Score: 4/5
The movie Casanova, starring Heath Ledger, not only fetters the randy Venetian in political correctness, it condemns him to dwell inside the modern equivalent of a bad Shakespeare play.
The movie sidesteps modern-day issues of political correctness raised by a story about a rogue who shamelessly uses women for his own amusement. This is all done for our amusement.
It requires imagination of a certain kind to transform the tale of the legendary lover Casanova into a bland romantic comedy.
What it gets instead is the same dispassionate 'professionalism' that has made Hallström a steady fixture in a Hollywood that could do with an infusion of Casanova's own virile lifeblood.
It's worth noting that producing a farce in a way that's funny is a lost art, and director Lasse Hallström hasn't found it.
The clumsy staging might not grate so much if the tone weren't so self-congratulatory.
At last, a stylish and sexy comedy for grownups.