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Casanova Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 5, 2006
What's meant to evoke Shakespeare in Love ends up more often evoking Saved by the Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2006
The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2005
Casanova was such a genuinely fascinating person, so tireless, seductive, brilliant, revolutionary and daring, that Hallstrom's Casanova hardly does him justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
October 8, 2009
Gets funny once it enters farce mode. Nothing special by the cast, including Ledger.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 13, 2005
Nothing short of a complete stylistic and thematic renovation would improve Hallström's tediously conventional treacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 6, 2006
The whole thing feels too mindlessly cheerful, far too airy to be remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 23, 2005
Casanova is a role that should be performed with fire and charm (Johnny Depp would be a bowl of candy here). All Ledger can muster is a slight wink and a grimace.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2005
Don't confuse the 18th-century Venetian setting in Casanova with sophistication.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2005
Like an 18th century Wedding Crashers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 23, 2005
Hallström crosses the line from irreverence into bigotry by using Pucci as an instrument to attack the Catholic church.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
A horndog who deserves a swift kick where the Venetian sun don't shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
December 25, 2005
Ledger has more chemistry with his co-star and object of affection in Brokeback Mountain than in this movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 14, 2006
Flaccid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 24, 2005
A romantic comedy that only elicits a few sporadic chuckles; we like Lasse Hallstrom's dramas much better.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 10, 2006
even I - a product of the American public school system - am able to recognize that much of this film is complete bollix
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 31, 2006
There's no edge in Ledger's performance, only a lot of cutesy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 22, 2005
It requires imagination of a certain kind to transform the tale of the legendary lover Casanova into a bland romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 22, 2005
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.
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