Casanova
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History's most renowned ladies' man finally meets his match in this historical romance laced with comedy and adventure. In Venice in 1753, Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) is a notorious playboy whose way with women goes too far when he's caught leaving the bedroom of a novice nun, and one of the leading prosecutors of the Inquisition, Pucci (Jeremy Irons), puts him on trial. The Doge (Tim McInnerny), Venice's political point man, is a friend of Casanova's and pulls strings to get him off the hook and allow him to stay in the city, but under one condition -- he must take a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The irony of [Sienna] Miller co-starring in a film about the world's most notorious lothario aside, there's not much to love about Casanova."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A fun, lighthearted, energetic (if insignificant) romp that features fine work from Ledger, Platt and Irons. I was grinning for most of the running time."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"There's no edge in Ledger's performance, only a lot of cutesy moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"even I - a product of the American public school system - am able to recognize that much of this film is complete bollix"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Despite its oh-so deviant title character, Casanova is a harmless bon-bon, a breezy period farce that mimics lesser Shakespeare and a look that recalls Amadeus or Shakespeare in Love."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Gets funny once it enters farce mode. Nothing special by the cast, including Ledger."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Casanova is just a farce, true, but there's a smugness to the proceedings that leaves a bad aftertaste."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"A horndog who deserves a swift kick where the Venetian sun don't shine."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A ribald, witty costume comedy filled with delightful performances and wily plot turns, this is the sort of film that makes you wonder why more films like this aren't made."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One of those smart pictures that transcends genres, a costume romance inspired by Restoration comedy, French farce and vaudevillian slapstick."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"While not quite as irresistibly seductive as its title character, Casanova is the perfect cinematic one-night stand: charming, romantic and awfully easy on the eyes."
‑ Betsy Bozdech, Hollywood.com
"Call it an arthouse guilty pleasure if you like, but Casanova is a visually stunning, slyly amusing, and sweetly enjoyable little period-piece of a comedy."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
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