Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 62


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The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to play), a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewelry and a penchant for playing the field. Ace plays by the rules (albeit Vegas rules, which, as he reminds the audience in voiceover, would make him a criminal in any other state), while Nicky and Ginger lie, cheat, and steal their respective ways to the top. The film's first hour and a half details their rise to power, while the second half follows their downfall as the FBI, corrupt government officials, and angry mob bosses pick apart their Camelot piece by piece. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

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Robert De Niro
as Sam "Ace" Rothstein
Sharon Stone
as Ginger McKenna
Joe Pesci
as Nicky Santoro
James Woods
as Lester Diamond
Don Rickles
as Billy Sherbert
Alan King
as Andy Stone
Kevin Pollak
as Philip Green
L.Q. Jones
as Pat Webb
Frank Vincent
as Frank Marino
John Bloom
as Don Ward
Pasquale Cajano
as Remo Gaggi
Melissa Prophet
as Jennifer Santoro
Bill Allison
as John Nance
Vinny Vella Sr.
as Artie Piscano
Phillip Suriano
as Dominick Santoro
Erika Von Tagen
as Older Amy
Philip Suriano
as Dominick Santoro
Steve Allen
as Himself
Jerry Vale
as Himself
Joseph Rigano
as Vincent Borelli
Gene Ruffini
as Vinny Forlano
Dominick Grieco
as Americo Capelli
Richard Amalfitano
as Casino Executive
Richard F. Strafella
as Casino Executive
Casper Molee
as Counter
Peter Conti
as Arthur Capp
Rick Crachy
as Chastised Dealer
Larry E. Nadler
as Lucky Larry
Paul Herman
as Gambler in Phone Booth
Salvatore Petrillo
as Old Man Capo
Joey de Pinto
as Stabbed Gambler
Heidi Keller
as Blonde at Bar
Millicent Sheridan
as Senator's Hooker
Toru Nagai
as Ichikawa's Associate
Barbara Spanjers
as Ticket Agent
Dom Angelo
as Craps Dealer
Dean Casper
as Elderly Man
Joe Molinaro
as Shift Manager
Bret McCormick
as Bernie Blue
Ali Pirouzkar
as High Roller
Frankie Jay Allison
as Craps Dealer
Clem Caserta
as Sal Fusco
Jed Mills
as Jack Hardy
Jeff Scott Anderson
as Parking Valet
Cameron Milzer
as Secretary
Frank Washko Jr.
as Parking Valet
Richard Riehle
as Charlie Clark
Christian A. Azzinaro
as Little Nicky (age 7)
Linda Perri
as Ace's Secretary
Eric Randall
as Reporter at Airport
Robert C. Tetzlaff
as Customs Agent
Brian Reddy
as Board Investigator
Roy Conrad
as Board Investigator
Carol Wilson
as Classroom Nun
Andy Jarrell
as Commissioner Bales
Joe Lacoco
as Detective Bob Johnson
John Manca
as Wiseguy Eddy
Tyde Kierney
as Contol Board Member
Ronald Maccone
as Wiseguy Jerry
Sasha Semenoff
as Orchestra Leader
Mitch Kolpan
as Detective
Buck Stephens
as Credit Clerk
Sly Smith
as FBI Agent
Joe La Due
as Signaller
Richard Wagner
as FBI Agent
Carl Ciarfalio
as Tony Dogs
Fred Smith
as Security Guard
Sonny D'Angelo
as Security Guard
Greg Anderson
as Security Guard
David Varriale
as Flirting Executive
Stuart Nisbet
as LA Banker
Tommy DeVito
as Crooked Poker Dealer
Daniel P. Conte
as Doctor Dan
Richard T. Smith
as Security Guard/Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for Casino

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

  • [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.

    Jan 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.

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

    Jan 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

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    Aug 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
  • Aug 07, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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