Casino

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Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.

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In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book.

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Critic Reviews for Casino

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (13)

  • [Stone] seems to be trying to enter a more passionate movie, where a neurotic gold digger could at least have a good time. By the end of Casino, for all its craftsmanly bravura, you may want to join her.

    January 25, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle.

    January 25, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Simultaneously quite watchable and passionless.

    January 25, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Martin Scorsese's intimate epic about money, sex and brute force is a grandly conceived study of what happens to goodfellas from the mean streets when they outstrip their wildest dreams and achieve the pinnacle of wealth and power.

    May 16, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • It's not the actors' fault that no one is able to break through the film's gorgeous but chilly surface. You watch Casino with respect and appreciation, reveling in its documentary sense of detail.

    March 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form.

    August 9, 2006

Audience Reviews for Casino

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Classic classic classic "gangster/mafia" film. This cast is perfectly assembled. DeNiro, Stone, and Pesci play their parts perfectly. The script, taken from the screenwriter's book, is amazing and illustrates perfectly the cut-throat business of mafia infiltration into Las Vegas casinos. This movie is one of the best films Scorsese has done and if you love mafia films, you have to add this one to your collection.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2014
    Interesting, well-acted, and definitely a Scorsese classic.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2013
    Casino is a brilliant cinematic masterpiece from writer/director Martin Scorsese. The story follows two childhood friends who are sent to Las Vegas by the mob to oversee their casino operations, but the glitz and glamour turn the once close friends into bitter rivals. With an all-start cast that includes Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, and James Woods, the performances are excellent; especial De Niro and Pesci, who are in top form. And the writing does an impressive job at creating rich, interesting characters, and at explaining how the casino scram worked. Additionally, the set designs and costumes do an incredible job at showing the extravagance and decadency of '70s Las Vegas. Scorsese's directing is also extraordinary; bringing life and vision to the film. A tragic tale of ambition gone awry, Casino is a compelling film that's exceptionally well-crafted.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
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