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One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's caf√ (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Film should be a solid moneymaker everywhere."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Rick and Ilsa. Laszlo and the letters of transit. Captain Renault and his charming corruptibility. "As Time Goes By." "Here's looking at you, kid." You know the routine. So round up the usual accolades."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Every kid should see this Bogart classic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Casablanca is the most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Part of what makes this wartime Hollywood drama (1942) about love and political commitment so fondly remembered is its evocation of a time when the sentiment of this country about certain things appeared to be unified."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film's tensions, sexual and dramatic, derive from the ambiguity of characters' motives. We can never be too sure about Rick and Renault until the final fadeout."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
"Its undying appeal may be the result of the Hollywood factory's skill, in those days, in fashioning something memorable out of virtually nothing."
‑ , This is London
"Although it was made in 1942, "Casablanca" is still the greatest romantic drama ever made."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Nothing short of an invasion could add much to Casablanca."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"There are some great supporting performances, and much of the dialogue has become history."
‑ , Time Out
"Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there'll be something you didn't notice last time out."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Even hardened cynics who might be impelled to dismiss it as a collection of button-pushing clichťs will most likely get swept up in the all the unabashed romance."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"This is it. The best movie ever made."
‑ David Cornelius,
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