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Venus Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 19, 2006
If Roger Michell's film never quite musters the energy to be more than a placid hybrid of Nobody's Fool and Lolita, it nonetheless provides a satisfactory showcase for Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
December 1, 2006
A cleverly written but somewhat muffled paean to sensual appetite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
December 10, 2006
Creepy. Repugnant. A septuagenarian lusts for sex from a teenager. She lets him smell her after buying her stuff.
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Brian Orndorf
December 21, 2006
Some moments of Maurice's breast-squeezing come-ons might unleash a case of the icks. It's to O'Toole's credit and ability that the film doesn't ultimately slither off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
January 28, 2007
A threadbare comedy-drama, with an insubstantial story and the patronising, post-Pygmalion theme of a working-class slob being reformed by the power of art.
Anthony Quinn
January 26, 2007
When all else fails, get the pensioners to swear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
January 18, 2007
Venus wants to be Lost in Translation, but isn't as compelling, tender, or emotional. Instead, it is about 10,000 times creepier.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 8, 2007
Vênus se salva do fracasso graças ao veterano Peter O'Toole, que oferece uma performance digna do homem responsável por encarnar figuras inesquecíveis como T.E. Lawrence, o Rei Henry II e mesmo o absurdo Eli Cross.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 7, 2007
This question lingered: why should we even be interested? Despite some negativity implied in the question, there are a few answers to it that suggest limited success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Goldstein
December 20, 2006
If only the movie's story was on par with its grand, charismatic star.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 17, 2007
...a sentimental contrivance that turns into a dirty old man's fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 3, 2007
Some will see this as a poignant portrait of age. It just depressed me, and the thought that the 74-year-old O'Toole may end his career with this role makes me sad.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 5, 2007
O'Toole is still gallant enough to almost, almost redeem the lecherousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
If only [director] Michell's film actually said something about aging, and didn't feel the need to include Grumpy Old Men shtick and bland bossa nova-inflected pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 28, 2007
A singularly disagreeable movie.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 26, 2007
Not even O'Toole can salvage this script.
Michael Dequina
January 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 9, 2007
O'Toole spent so many years being better than the little material that he was offered that it's heartening to see him sprint toward the finish of his career with such a flourish. If this is his curtain call, it's a glorious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 21, 2007
There are scenes in Venus when rational thought seems lost to something more powerful, and ambiguous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 2, 2007
... a disturbing and challenging film about a randy old pervert and his knowing final conquest
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 3, 2007
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times
March 2, 2007
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 1, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 3, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
February 23, 2007
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