Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic 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. Hallstrom gives us a genial interpretation and a supremely good-humored film.
  3. A smart and sophisticated comedy romp.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    A delightfully silly romp which reinvents the legendary Italian lover's adventures into the realm of broad farce.
  5. 80
    Among the least-heralded of the Christmas releases, Casanova is one of the few that's wholly enjoyable.
  6. In the exhilarating Casanova, giddy shenanigans effectively set off the dangerous, darker impulses of human nature.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A handsome chunk of widescreen entertainment that's as nimble as its rakish hero.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  10. And if real eroticism is missing - this is a Disney movie, with bosoms heaving more in a gentle parody of heaving than in full desire - the great discovery of this Casanova is Hallström's recovered capacity for play.
  11. It's a sweet, silly and not unintelligent romantic comedy: For a period farce, you could do worse.
  12. In any case, what is on screen is a delightful respite from awards-season seriousness - a feather film, you might say, that actually tickles.
  13. Hallström's latest is fine but unambitious, content with what it is – an arthouse trifle for the masses.
  14. 63
    The feisty supporting cast is forced to carry the show, and fortunately, they're more than up to it, notably Olin, Platt and Jeremy Irons.
  15. As with his other costume farce, "Stage Beauty" (with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes), Hatcher produces more froth than zest.
  16. Little by little, though, he (Ledger)and those around him achieve a critical mass -- an extremely light critical mass -- and the plot pops with entertaining complications.
  17. 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.
  18. Unfortunately, the goofiness never quite finds its groove. The romantic chemistry is tepid, the comedy misses as often as it hits, the picaresque plot keeps dogging down and even actors as skilled as Platt, Irons and Lena Olin fail to register strongly in their roles.
  19. 50
    Ledger's comic flair is a big plus in a film that is fanatically busy and fatally sexless.
  20. 50
    That the new Casanova lacks such wit is fatal. Heath Ledger is a good actor but Hallstrom's film is busy and unfocused, giving us the view of Casanova's ceaseless activity but not the excitement. It's a sitcom when what is wanted is comic opera.
  21. 50
    Casanova doesn't seduce so much as lull the audience into a stupor with tedious blather about the battle of the sexes, intermittent but pointless swordplay and clumsy slapstick.
  22. A period romp that tries too hard.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    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.
  24. Jeremy Irons slithers on board with a haughty sneer and papal vestments, playing Bishop Pucci.
  25. A light film, airy, likable and set in Venice.
  26. 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.
  27. Miller gives the film's one genuine, focused, committed performance, and you can see why she might even reform a rake of Casanova's standing.
  28. 50
    The story, as so often in bad farce, treats them all as idiots, so it's almost impossible be engaged by anything other than the pretty rooms, gondolas and costumes.
  29. 50
    The movie cries out for the bawdy, rompy air that filled Richard Lester's "Three Musketeers" movies, and 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.
  30. 50
    At best, it's a light, boisterous little confection, but hasn't Hugh Grant already starred in this film a few times?
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. This Jeffrey Hatcher-Kimberly Simi version, directed by Lasse Hallström, has a resemblance to some of Casanova's memoirs but is chiefly based on the assumption that, in a costume drama, anything goes.
  34. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Occasionally fun, always pretty, completely a mess, Casanova never quite finds its footing.
  35. 38
    The movie treats trysting as comedy and yet is stingy with the laughs.
  36. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Feb 13, 2013
    A 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. Full Review »
  2. HitchhikerC.
    Jun 3, 2006
    Add asinine silliness (of Hilary Duff proportions) to Hallstrom's usual life-is-beautiful banality, and you should have a pretty good picture of how this trashy excuse for a movie goes! Full Review »
  3. JaneD.
    Apr 26, 2006
    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.