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  • Summary: 1700s Venice. He was the legendary adventurer whose amorous dalliances would go on to inspire countless lovers throughout the centuries. She was the most virtuoso writer of her time who was waiting to find that rare man with a true understanding of steadfastness and passion. When Giacomo1700s Venice. He was the legendary adventurer whose amorous dalliances would go on to inspire countless lovers throughout the centuries. She was the most virtuoso writer of her time who was waiting to find that rare man with a true understanding of steadfastness and passion. When Giacomo Casanova (Ledger) discovers Francesca Bruni (Miller), he met his ultimate romantic match, succumbing to the only woman ever to refuse his charms -- until he could prove himself to be one man worthy of her romantic ideals. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. 91
    A lovely, mischievous Casanova that will sweep you off your feet.
  2. Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) directs a sparking screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Stage Beauty) and Kimberly Simi; it starts as a frothy boudoir comedy but evolves into a masquerade by turns sweetly meditative and sharply satirical.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Casanova is an entertaining if silly romp, with amusing dialogue, gorgeous production design and painterly cinematography. Venice, where the movie is set, has never been so breathtaking.
  4. 50
    When the credits were over at last, I sighed, and took away a moviegoer's fantasy of Ledger and Miller starting work again, far away from Venice and ball gowns, on something that might be worth seeing.
  5. 50
    What happens when movie producers cross "Three's Company" with "Masterpiece Theater?" The result would be similar to what Touchstone Pictures has provided with Casanova, a farcical romantic comedy period piece.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    50
    Don't confuse the 18th-century Vene tian setting in Casanova with sophisti cation. The film's one-dimensional characters and lame one-liners make it a sitcom with petticoats.
  7. 20
    Ledger's deadpan baritone pumps wit into his tepid one-liners like collagen into a wilted starlet's kisser, and the clumsy staging might not grate so much if the tone weren't so self-congratulatory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. JaneD.
    Apr 26, 2006
    9
    This is an awful, stupid movie. That said, I saw it twice in the theater just for the Oliver Platt/Lena Olin subplot. They are insanely adorable.
  2. PeabodyP.
    Jan 6, 2006
    8
    A light romp with some very funny scenery chewing. Funny and beautifully shot. Don't go looking for literature, go for the escapism and A light romp with some very funny scenery chewing. Funny and beautifully shot. Don't go looking for literature, go for the escapism and to see the beauty of Venice. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2015
    8
    É do costume de Lasse Hallström fazer filmes de estilo bem light um filme paradão,porém em Casanova ele une Romance,Comédia e ação só possoÉ do costume de Lasse Hallström fazer filmes de estilo bem light um filme paradão,porém em Casanova ele une Romance,Comédia e ação só posso dizer que ficou incrível. Talvez um dos poucos divertidos e interessantes filmes de Hallström talvez o único Heath Ledger é incrível neste,e Sienna Miller é linda,gostosa e impressionantemente uma ótima atriz,Jeremy Irons é sensasional. Casanova é divertídissimo. Expand
  4. MarkB.
    Jan 9, 2006
    6
    It's ironic that this sporadically lively, frothy period romp about the famous Italian lover is a near-miss for two different but It's ironic that this sporadically lively, frothy period romp about the famous Italian lover is a near-miss for two different but interlocking reasons. Very simply, the title performance absolutely does not work: even giving much allowance for the plot requirement that Casanova has to constantly elude various legal, clerical and other establishment figures without being recognized, Heath Ledger's stiff, humorless performance is absolutely not what the role calls for. In fact, from a technical standpoint his work here is not all that far removed from his stunning work as a taciturn, inarticulate cowpoke attempting to deal with forbidden desires he didn't know he was capable of having in the current Brokeback Mountain, but while that breakthrough performance was Brokeback's emotional anchor, in Casanova's instance it weighs this movie down in far less satisfying ways. That's a real shame, bacause much of what's going on above, below and around Ledger is a real treat; director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life As A Dog) has spent the last several years of his life doing so much well-acted but overrated Oscar bait for the Weinstein brothers as The Cider House Rules, Chocolat and The Shipping News that it's really an enjoyable surprise to see him working with a lighter touch than we've seen since ABBA: The Movie! Jeremy Irons, playing an officious, self-righteous priest on Cas's trail is tremendously enjoyable, playing him as a cross between Snidely Whiplash and Jeffrey Jones' hapless high school vice-principal from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Sienna Miller, as our hero's fiery intellectual as well as romantic/erotic match, is so vibrant and joyously sexual that I found myself asking more than once if Jude Law's got a screw loose or what; Lena Olin matches Miller's appeal and adds an irresistable blend of slyness and subtle vulnerability. And then there's Oliver Platt, who for the second time in as many moviegoing months steals the whole picture. In The Ice Harvest he actually made chronic alcoholism rather endearing, and here he makes overeating absolutely lovable; if you've made certain dietary New Year's resolutions, beware...because watching an Oliver Platt movie will probably be more detrimental to your faithfulness than attending a Super Bowl party! Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2013
    5
    A disappointing film, the word annoying comes to mind. However there are some humorous moments and the Venetian scenery is impressive, minusA disappointing film, the word annoying comes to mind. However there are some humorous moments and the Venetian scenery is impressive, minus the dodgy effects of course. What seems to be promising storyline supported with an established cast turns out to be an easily forgettable tale. Expand
  6. KenG.
    Jan 27, 2006
    3
    A mess. The filmmakers were clueless as to how to handle the subject matter, which had no business coming off as slow, dull, and plodding as A mess. The filmmakers were clueless as to how to handle the subject matter, which had no business coming off as slow, dull, and plodding as it does. Fimmakers might have intended to have fun with this premise, but they had no idea how to do it. The love story between Ledger and Miller is so clumsily handled, that it just doesn't work. Expand
  7. DarenD.
    Dec 22, 2005
    0
    Terrible! Normally heath ledger is good!

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