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Casanova Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 18, 2006
Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2006
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 6, 2006
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
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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 6, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 6, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 6, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 6, 2006
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 6, 2006
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 6, 2006
There's less sexiness in the awful Casanova than in the downbeat, doomed gay love story featuring Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 5, 2006
This is easily the liveliest Hallstrom has been in almost a decade.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2006
The great discovery of this Casanova is Hallström's recovered capacity for play.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 3, 2006
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.
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December 31, 2005
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 29, 2005
This is the very definition of an entertaining period piece romp. It's a romp, I tell ya!
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Derek Elley
Variety
December 27, 2005
A handsome chunk of widescreen entertainment that's as nimble as its rakish hero.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
Pretty as the picture is, only Platt's engaging performance keeps it from fading out.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 27, 2005
One would expect Casanova, a movie about the storied loverboy of 18th-century Venice, to be wicked, ribald fun. One would be wrong.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 27, 2005
It's a breezy fling that showcases the lighter side of Ledger.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 27, 2005
A forgettable movie but a memorable celluloid poster for Venice.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2005
Casanova is just plain ordinary.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
December 24, 2005
A period romp that tries too hard.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2005
Don't confuse the 18th-century Venetian setting in Casanova with sophistication.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2005
In the exhilarating Casanova, giddy shenanigans effectively set off the dangerous, darker impulses of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2005
Hallstrom gives us a genial interpretation and a supremely good-humored film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 23, 2005
Few pictures in recent memory have worked as laboriously as Lasse Hallstrom's new romantic farce to be a featherweight lark.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 22, 2005
Casanova works because it gives in to its nuttier impulses instead of fighting them. It's an absurdly joyous bit of fluff.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2005
Randy flirtations and elaborate masquerades to evade the sanctimonious powers-that-be are the cornerstone of this exuberant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2005
Lasse Hallstrom's tale of an uncomplicated lover is a delightful respite from awards-season seriousness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2005
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.
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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
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 21, 2005
The clumsy staging might not grate so much if the tone weren't so self-congratulatory.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2005
At last, a stylish and sexy comedy for grownups.