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Casanova Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… needs a Viagra. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    57

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    A smart and sophisticated comedy romp.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Hallstrom gives us a genial interpretation and a supremely good-humored film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Legendary lover cleans up for happy commitment.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romance is focused on the legendary 18th-century lothario, here revised to suit a secret identity plot and his romance with a proto-feminist writer. The film includes some raunchy sexual material, plus jokes about bodily functions (as well as verbal and visual jokes about one character's obesity). References are made to sexual pleasures, "whores," brothels, virgins, "fornication," as well as "coming" and "instrument" (as double entendres). Characters appear in various states of undress, women wear cleavage-revealing dresses. Characters drink at parties; one smokes cigarettes.

  • Families can talk about the representation of marriage, as a means to solidify one's social status, clear one's name, cover up for sexual activity, and gain money. Francesca's argument for women's rights and against men's objectification of women is simplistic but also provides grist for conversation: how can she make her point clear in a film where she's the primary romantic object?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Sexual excess is a theme, though lovers learn to commit to single partners and respect one another.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A duel, some rambunctious action.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Much discussion of sexual activity, some kissing and revealing clothing, partial undress.

  • language false0

    Language: Minor (several uses of "damn" and "hell").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking at parties, brief smoking by one character.

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