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Casino Royale

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure


Secret agent James Bond is elevated to "00" status and travels to Montenegro to face a ruthless terrorist financier in a high stakes poker game at Casino Royale.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    95%
  • Audience Score
    89%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Darker than usual Bond; too violent for tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens are absolutely going to want to see this much-hyped re-start to the James Bond franchise. The new 007, however, is darker than previous incarnations. His sly, barely perceptible smile suggests that he relishes revenge and takes pleasure in his violence. The film is full of violence, including spectacular explosions, intense physical fights, shooting, knifing, cars crashing, and drowning. Dead bodies show blood and vacant-eyed faces. A torture scene (featuring a naked Bond) shows him in obvious pain as his genitals are smashed with a large, knotted rope. One main character meets a sad demise. Sex scenes show Bond with two different women, in various states of undress. Lots of martini-drinking as Bond discovers his drink of choice (thanks to liquor sponsors Heineken and Smirnoff). The language is pretty mild.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes Bond so appealing. What does his behavior say about images of manliness?
  • How does the movie characterize this new Bond as both ruthless and charismatic? Who's your favorite Bond?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    95%
    reviews counted: 29
    see all Casino Royale reviews
  • Audience

    89%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: What, no jet packs? No world-conquering supervillains orbiting the planet? No preference for shaken martinis?

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 17, 2006

Fresh: A strong, well defined story, some unexpected betrayals and hidden corners, sensational locations and an absence of gadgets make Casino Royale a right royal Bond movie.

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Daniel Craig revitalizes the Bond franchise the same way Bale saved Batman. This was a throwback to the good ol days of Connery Bond.

- jmanard52, Friday, May 16, 2008

3 stars

Almost all the the good stuff i heard about Casino is true. It is indeed one of the best Bonds ever and I'm really looking forward to the next installment. Now - I hate when people say this but here goes - this movie was just too darn long. Don't even TRY to introduce a romance two hours into a film.

- brooklynspo, Sunday, May 20, 2007

5 stars

"Casino Royale" is my favorite James Bond picture. It's classy, action packed, realistic, emotional, and well written. It features a near perfect balance of character development, mythology, action and mystery. What I like most about "Casino Royale" is how old fashioned it all feels. Plain and simple, one of the best spy films around featuring a standout performance from Daniel Craig.

- stevenecarrier, Saturday, November 13, 2010