It's the sort of reckless, disconnected nonsense that could be telescoped or stopped at any point.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
...a definitive example of what can happen when everybody working on a film goes simultaneously berserk.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Out of five directors -- only McGrath manages to connect with this brontosaurian James Bond parody.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Peter Sellers has some amusing gags as the gambler, the chance of dressing up in various guises and a neat near-seduction scene with Ursula Andress.
Variety Staff - Variety
The few good aspects of this farce are vastly outweighed by the bad.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Poor 007 is now lost in a hall of distorting mirrors.
- TIME Magazine
Proponents of this dreadfully indulgent cabaret, which thumbs its nose at coherence, have called its nigh-impenetrable plot the sincerest form of satire. That's like citing the indecipherable nature of Zapf Dingbats as a foremost send-up of language.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
A magnificent mess, it's either the greatest argument against LSD or the worst.
Paul M. Bradshaw - Total Film
Silly 007 spoof tamer than Austin Powers.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Despite being not officially a Bond film this is good solid, entertaining action.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Chaotic and astonishingly unfunny.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
A mess. Casino Royale is two hours and eleven minutes of non sequitur.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Now Craig assumes the mantle, and you know, he does OK.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
No less than five directors, including John Huston, and eight writers, including Billy Wilder and Ben Hecht, tried to salvage this lengthy, laden all-star Bond spoof--to no avail.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's cheesy, cheesy, cheesy.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Even less amusing than the more 'serious' Bond films.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
...only a very small minority of those acquainted with the more arcane aspects of 1960s cinema are going to have some appreciation for CASINO ROYALE.
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Watching this movie is a serious drag.
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Even more awful considering the wasted talents.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Profoundly unamusing bore.
Dan Lybarger - Nitrate Online
It may, in fact, be the first post-modern comedy, but it feels more good-natured than snarky -- and there's an undercurrent of true British satire here.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's a spoof that went places even James Bond feared to tread.
- Austin Chronicle
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There is a razor thin line between being funny and being stupid.
Derek Smith - Apollo Guide
Despite a ton of stars, a flock of directors, and more Bonds than you can shake a martini at, the movie is close to a complete disaster.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Note to filmmakers: If you want to spoof something, at least make sure you're outdoing your source material on the comedy front.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
So bizarre, so wrongheaded, and so overblown that it's actually enjoyable.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A big, flashy, unguided spoof that wanders around and bores you to sleep.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com