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    Possesses a stylistic boldness and verisimilitude that is virtually matchless.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Scorsese tells his story with the energy and pacing he's famous for, and with a wealth of little details that feel just right.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    You can't praise highly enough the contributions of the ensemble--De Niro and Pesci especially--but it's Scorsese's triumph. [22 November 1995, Tempo, p.1]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Several flaws, mostly minor, keep Casino on a plateau slightly below that of the director's best (Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas).

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A 2-hour classic wrongfully stretched into three.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie tells the story of Las Vegas and the people who ran it, by legitimate means and otherwise. Mob rule and mob violence run through the film. There are several shootings and killings, and a few graphic and upsetting scenes of torture. Relationships, romantic and otherwise, are also at the film's center, and there are several sex scenes, with some female semi-nudity. A female character is referred to as a "hustler" and marries a man for his wealth and power. There is strong language throughout the film. One of the characters has a drug and alcohol problem, and most characters drink. There are some upsetting scenes of a child endangered by the neglect of a parent. Corruption and outright larceny are part of character lifestyles. It's worth noting that most characters suffer for their vices.

  • Families can talk about the competing forces of good and bad that all of the characters face. Who is corrupt in this movie? Who is pure? How do good intentions lead to bad results? Families might also want to explore the idea of loyalty. Is anyone safe from the crime family that supports the casino?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Corruption, violence, and betrayal abound. Ethnic slurs crop up frequently.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Mob-related beatings and killings, some graphic scenes of torture, explosions, child abuse.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Male/female relationships, some nudity, onscreen depictions of sex and oral sex, one character is a sex worker for part of the film.

  • language false5

    Language: Characters swear frequently.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: High class car logos displayed as a status symbol, jewelry name brands named.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Excessive drinking, onscreen drug use, a parent mistreats a child under the influence of controlled substances.