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The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a bookmaking wizard; Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), a Mafia underboss and longtime best friend to Ace; and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone, in a role she was born to play), a leggy ex-prostitute with a fondness for jewelry and a penchant for playing the field. Ace plays by the rules (albeit Vegas rules, which, as he reminds the audience in voiceover, would make him a criminal in any… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Stone] seems to be trying to enter a more passionate movie, where a neurotic gold digger could at least have a good time. By the end of Casino, for all its craftsmanly bravura, you may want to join her."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Martin Scorsese's intimate epic about money, sex and brute force is a grandly conceived study of what happens to goodfellas from the mean streets when they outstrip their wildest dreams and achieve the pinnacle of wealth and power."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Casino is Scorsese's 'messy drawer' of a movie; disconnected scenes and stylistic odds and sods... it might be his most idiosyncratic."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Poor ol' Marty. Epic, grandiose, visceral film after film. And what thanks does he get? "Yeah... but it's not as good as GoodFellas.""
‑ , Total Film
"To understand that Scorsese suffers for his art, it isn't important to know that he's been married four times, or that he considered joining the Catholic priesthood before choosing the equally masochistic experience of NYU."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"So long as Casino stays focused on the excesses -- of language, of violence, of ambition -- in the life-styles of the rich and infamous, it remains a smart, knowing, if often repetitive, spectacle."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's not the actors' fault that no one is able to break through the film's gorgeous but chilly surface. You watch Casino with respect and appreciation, reveling in its documentary sense of detail."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Overlong and tedious crime drama epic. A kinetic behind-the-scenes look at the Vegas casinos."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Casino is superbly acted and quite astonishingly obsessive about detail, money, and the mob's decline."
‑ , Film4
"People talk and talk about how Vegas works, and Scorsese's camera sprints to keep up. He's like an energetic tour guide making sure we understand everything."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Simultaneously quite watchable and passionless."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"An accomplished film that carries with it the unshakable feeling that we've seen it all before."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Production values are brilliant, and as the drug-addict-hooker Sharon Stone gives her best performance, but thematically, Scorsese rehashes grounds that he had explored deeper in previous films (GoodFellas) and his approach here is too cold and remote."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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