[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
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.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
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.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
After coming out gangbusters in its first and finest hour, the 180-minute movie loses all its chips in the remaining two.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Martin Scorsese's fascinating new film Casino knows a lot about the Mafia's relationship with Las Vegas.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Simultaneously quite watchable and passionless.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
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
Visually impressive, splendidly performed, thematically significant, this is a movie in full possession of every key cinematic asset except one -- a solid script.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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
[A] Vegas masterpiece.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker, so skilled in the manipulation of imagery he might be the most proficient of active American directors.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Overlong and tedious crime drama epic. A kinetic behind-the-scenes look at the Vegas casinos.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Violent story of vice and virtue not for kids.
Ellen Twadell - Common Sense Media
Casino is superbly acted and quite astonishingly obsessive about detail, money, and the mob's decline.
Dean Essner - Film4
Poor ol' Marty. Epic, grandiose, visceral film after film. And what thanks does he get? "Yeah... but it's not as good as GoodFellas."
Dean Essner - Total Film
An accomplished film that carries with it the unshakable feeling that we've seen it all before.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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
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
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 - eFilmCritic.com
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
Casino reminds you in too many ways of the brilliance of GoodFellas, and in a way that dooms Casino to remain in its shadow.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The result, sadly, is that contradiction in terms, a dull Scorsese movie.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Martin Scorsese's Casino is an absolutely brilliant film that's an enthralling equal to his masterful GoodFellas. Demands to be seen at least twice.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Garish, rhythmic and intoxicating.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It may not be Scorsese's greatest work, but this guy feeling a little off-colour is still far, far better than most people on fighting-fit form. It only gets more impressive as times goes on.
Philip Thomas - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Scorsese and Pileggi might be traveling over similar ground here, but they do it so well and so entertainingly, I doubt that any of their fans will really mind.
Scott Weinberg - DVD Clinic
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Scorsese leaves his indelible signature on every frame.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Andy Klein - New Times
Vivid, fully cinematic, and impossible to look away from.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Magnificently clever in its use of film, but to what real point?
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
All safe bets are definitely on for Scorsese's rollicking mob drama Casino...intense and wickedly wry. Pesci delivers another comedic performance drenched in his trademark caustic vibes
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The result? Plot plethora.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The film is full of missed opportunities.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Scorsese proves once again to be a true master of mob drama.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...minor Scorsese ... but in every other sense it is a major film.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Not as flawless as Goodfellas, but still great.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the mob's control of LasVegas in the 1970s.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's an ambitious film, but also a scattered, unfocused one.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Casino is left king-high by a wobbily high-heeled Sharon Stone and by an especially inept script and questionable direction.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
Martin Scorsese is the most enthralling, intense and dedicated director working in film today. His thorough control of the filmmaking art is apparent on every level.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Engrossing from start to finish.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Finely detailed analysis of the mob-controlled casinos in the 70s, but it lacks the soul of Scorsese's Goodfellas.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Scorsese and company do what they do very well -- they've got it down. It's a system unto itself.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Clocking in at three long hours, Casino is an entertaining and engrossing film, but just drags a simple story into a sprawling, epic tale that desperately needs a little trimming.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Scorsese and co. will never make a bad film, only another one.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
It overstays its welcome.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The whole package is a riveting account and a well-told story.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This bloated three-hour misfire this is a major fumble.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City