'Casino' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   60 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    [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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Of all the bravura visual effects in Martin Scorsese's dazzlingly stylish Casino, it's a glimpse of ordinary people that delivers the greatest jolt.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Whether you find it exhilarating, expendable or exhausting -- and you will find it exhausting -- Martin Scorsese's Casino is the spectacular last word on urban sprawl.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    After coming out gangbusters in its first and finest hour, the 180-minute movie loses all its chips in the remaining two.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Martin Scorsese's fascinating new film Casino knows a lot about the Mafia's relationship with Las Vegas.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Simultaneously quite watchable and passionless.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Visually impressive, splendidly performed, thematically significant, this is a movie in full possession of every key cinematic asset except one -- a solid script.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    In every way -- from the fantastic sets, rich dialogue, and unapologetic violence to the well-portrayed characters and themes of loyalty and betrayal -- Casino is pure Scorsese.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    100
    [A] Vegas masterpiece.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker, so skilled in the manipulation of imagery he might be the most proficient of active American directors.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    42
    Overlong and tedious crime drama epic. A kinetic behind-the-scenes look at the Vegas casinos.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ellen Twadell Common Sense Media
    80
    Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    Casino is superbly acted and quite astonishingly obsessive about detail, money, and the mob's decline.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Total Film
    100
    Poor ol' Marty. Epic, grandiose, visceral film after film. And what thanks does he get? "Yeah... but it's not as good as GoodFellas."
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    An accomplished film that carries with it the unshakable feeling that we've seen it all before.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Nelson City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    60
    Casino reminds you in too many ways of the brilliance of GoodFellas, and in a way that dooms Casino to remain in its shadow.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    The result, sadly, is that contradiction in terms, a dull Scorsese movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago