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This frothy, oddly bloodless film does a disservice to the colorful life of the real Casanova.



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For the first time in his life, the legendary Casanova is about to meet his match with an alluring Venetian beauty, Francesca, who does the one thing he never thought possible: refuse him. Through a series of clever disguises and scheming ruses, he manages to get ever closer to Francesca. But he is playing the most dangerous game he has ever encountered - one that will risk not only his life and reputation, but his only chance at true passion.

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Heath Ledger
as Casanova
Sienna Miller
as Francesca Bruni
Oliver Platt
as Paprizzio
Lena Olin
as Andrea
Phil Davies
as Bernardo Guardi
Ken Stott
as Dalfonso
Helen McCrory
as Casanova's Mother
Leigh Lawson
as Mother's Lover/Tito
Tim McInnerny
as The Doge
Charlie Cox
as Giovanni Bruni
Paddy Ward
as Vittorio
Ben Moor
as Andolini
Lidia Biondi
as Casanova's Grandmother
Eugene Simon
as Casanova at 11
Robert Levine
as Cardinal Lopresta
Lauren Cohan
as Sister Beatrice
Danielle Baker
as Sister Magdalene
Clive Riche
as Prof. Bennetto
Marta Bellocchio
as Beautiful Masked Woman
Adriano Iurissevich
as Masked Casanova Actor
Niall Buggy
as Bookseller/Printer
Simonetta Bortolozzi
as Beautiful Woman in Bookshop
Francis Pardeilhan
as Customs Officer
Enzo Turrin
as Maggiordomo
Carolina Levi
as Bruni's Maid
Paola Pessot
as Lolling Street Walker
Elisabeth Riva
as Prostitute
Naike Rivelli
as Dark Haired Beauty
Sara Guerra
as Fair Haired Woman
Marta Paola Richeldi
as Another Woman
Giorgia Riccardi
as Another Beauty
Kristy Dibiccari
as Woman in Bookshop
Jessica Seaton
as Plain Woman in Bookshop
Anna Gaia Marchioro
as Plain Looking Woman
Lorenzo Felisatti
as Laughing Man
Roy Doliner
as Dalfonso's Secretary
Silvia Nanni
as Whispering Woman
Alessandro Bressanello
as Flunkey Captain
Katarina Volgyiova
as Society Woman
Davide Bozzato
as Drunken Reveller
Federico Scridel
as Casanova Actor
Manuella Massimi
as Lady Actress
Tommy Korberg
as Gondola Singer
Bryan Korenberg
as Man in Brothel
as Pig
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Critic Reviews for Casanova

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (41)

  • Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.

    Jan 18, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 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.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Casanova

  • Aug 22, 2012
    The film is as charming and irresistible as Casanova himself.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2011
    There's little to complain about, but just as little to brag about. It's underdeveloped, a bit confusing and rather silly at points. On the other hand, there's good production value, fair performances and strong entertainment value. Really, all that needs to be said is that "Casanova" is a prime example of an average, but quite entertaining film.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2009
    This was nicely done and I loved the 18th century costumes!!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2009
    Heath Ledger, Omid Djalili, Senna Miller, Charlie Cox, Lena Olin, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Dormer, Oliver Platt, Lauren Cohan DIRECTED BY: Lasse Hallstrom Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love. It was a good little movie I caught on T.V, today. Entertaining with a great cast. Had great costumes and a great scenery of Venice. What I thought would be a bit more of a serious movie ended up being a very humorous one. Enjoyed it.

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