Venus (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Venus (2006)



Critic Consensus: Audiences may attend to witness Peter O'Toole's Oscar-worthy performance, but they'll also be treated to a humane, tender exploration of maturing with both dignity and irreverence.

Movie Info

An aging pair of veteran English actors whose success never quite took hold finds their quiet existence suddenly interrupted by the arrival of one of the men's precocious grandnieces in director Roger Michell's affectionate comedy drama. Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) may still land the occasional paying gig -- Maurice has recently been cast as a corpse in a popular television drama -- but for the most part, their days are spent cataloging their ailments over meals at their favorite café. Though the arrival of Ian's grandniece Jessie doesn't immediately set so well with her curmudgeonly great uncle, Maurice takes an immediate liking to the girl, and makes it a mission to expose the youngster to some of the bustling capitol's best-known sights. As the newly invigorated septuagenarian does his best to teach the wide-eyed youngster a thing or two about life, he soon comes to realize just how little he truly knows about the subject at such a late point in life.more
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hanif Kureishi
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007
Box Office: $3.3M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Bronson Webb
as Jesse's Boyfriend
Philip Fox
as Doctor
Sam Spruell
as Hospital Director
Tim Faraday
as Policeman
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News & Interviews for Venus

Critic Reviews for Venus

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44)

A starring vehicle for an aging star who receives deafening awards buzz not so much for the performance than, it seems, for simply being alive.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012

It's a pleasure to have Peter O'Toole's company here - likely for the last time in a role of such magnitude & majesty, bangs still swept back in boyish wisps and his sky-blue eyes vibrant and hungry. A loving, lyrical, eloquent sonnet to elderly sunsets.

Full Review… | November 22, 2010

Worth seeing for O'Toole's incorrigible twilight jesting

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

While age may have devoured O'Toole's youth, it has been utterly unable to touch his blistering talent, or his eyes which still sparkle with rakish light.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

The only thing that resonated with me was O'Toole, who is at his playful best playing a role made to order for him of the boozer rascal who could charm a snake.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superb acting on life's journey; not for kids.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Venus

A beautiful and striking meditation on aging, living and facing mortality with a superb performance by the incomparable Peter O'Toole. Exceptional performances by veteran Phillips and newcomer Whittaker. Excellent performances all around with a uniquely inspiring script. An excellent movie in every way. A film that should not be missed.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A touching, heartfelt drama as two old semi retired actors lives are turned upside down upon the arrival of the niece of one of them. Peter O'Toole becomes infatuated with her and has a strange friendship with her. A film with a certain charm, if a bit odd at times, but the acting talent on show steals the day.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


Not at all what I expected, but that's a good thing since this movie had me laughing almost nonstop. Peter O'Toole had his heart broken again by just missing out on finally winning Best Actor for his role as a dirty old man who falls in love with his best friend's daughter's niece, whom he affectionately calls Venus. Maurice is a veteran actor who is somewhat rapidly dying, though you wouldn't know it from how young Jessie makes his feel. A very good movie with a lot of funny, albeit dirty dialogue.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

Venus Quotes

Donald: How many columns did he get?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Valerie: When you die everyone's your friend.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Ian: There are no pockets in a shroud.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Jessie: Don't you believe in anything, Maurice?
Maurice: Pleasure I like. I try to give pleasure. It' all I can recommend to anyone.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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