Venus Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 1, 2007
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 3, 2007
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 3, 2007
Venus belongs to O'Toole. This is, hands down, my favorite performance of the year, largely because I love the way O'Toole (and the filmmakers) refuse to yield to the all-too-pervasive idea that it's 'icky' for old people to even think about sex.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 26, 2007
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles, they say, and Peter O'Toole, 74, proves the point in Venus.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 26, 2007
Venus is a fine reminder of the wonders we're presented with every day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 26, 2007
Venus is emotionally affecting, not because O'Toole's Maurice is coping with mortality, but because of the honest way he confronts it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 26, 2007
Because it's built around theater people, Kureishi's script offers ample opportunities for amusing repartee, and the performances are strong ...
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 26, 2007
Venus succeeds because there is no hint of smugness in sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
January 26, 2007
The film gives Mr. O'Toole all the space he needs to prove that his craft is still fresh and virile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 26, 2007
With his intelligent and soulful performance, O'Toole reminds us exactly why he has been nominated for eight Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
January 26, 2007
The lingering impressions here are of regret, resignation and renewal, the fascination of firm flesh and O'Toole growling 'Come on, old man!' as he slaps his own sagging face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 25, 2007
The ruined beauty of Peter O'Toole permeates every frame of Venus, a movie that exists for almost no other reason than to allow us to worship at the altar of this incomparable actor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2007
The great thing about Venus -- apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis -- is that it isn't soppy, or sentimental.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2007
The suggestion that Peter O'Toole is playing some version of his real self in Venus adds a bittersweet poignancy to this quietly affecting British drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 19, 2007
Venus adheres to the general parameters of conventional Hollywood with such cheek, intelligence and sheer self-deprecating nastiness that it does more to redeem the fantasy than it does the selfish and vain old geezer who is its beneficiary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Emerick
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2007
With wonderful testaments like Lawrence, Lion and now Venus, O'Toole will always live on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 18, 2007
An edgily charming meditation about the mysteries of attraction.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2007
Peter O'Toole, still a British cinematic lion at 74, performs another movie miracle in the Roger Michell-Hanif Kureishi film Venus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2007
Venus has a swank pedigree, but in this case that doesn't mean it's much more than a quaint machine to elicit tears and awards.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 3, 2007
If indeed Venus is his swan song, it resounds with a sweetly magnificent melody. Don't miss it.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 26, 2006
What a piece of work by Peter O'Toole.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 22, 2006
What makes this film the perfect career nightcap for Peter the great is the nimbus of rakish doom he has always cultivated.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 22, 2006
Peter O'Toole, looking frail beyond his 74 years, gives what may be his farewell performance as a leading movie actor in Roger Michell's Venus. It's one for the books -- and maybe the Oscars, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 22, 2006
Venus is pitched partly as a fond farewell to a beloved artist [O'Toole], and his whole beautiful generation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2006
Even with O'Toole's charms, this is a story with enormous poor-taste potential. Yet director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi wisely don't make this a story about May-December sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 21, 2006
Venus is sharply written with fine supporting performances, but the movie is all about O'Toole, showcasing an actor who at 72 continues to astound with the depth of his talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 20, 2006
A modest, diverting, touching tale of a young woman who attracts the interest of an aging actor, played with effortless aplomb by the great Peter O'Toole.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 20, 2006
Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 20, 2006
Venus is awash in terrific performances.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 19, 2006
The script by Hanif Kureishi is smart, witty, understated and fits O'Toole to a T.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2006
This is a relationship unlike any we've seen, and it's a measure of the film's subtle gifts that it is easier to watch it unfolding than to precisely define what we're seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 19, 2006
In the end, the film is a straight-ahead boy-meets-girl story -- half a century too late.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
December 19, 2006
Maurice, the protagonist of Venus, is a suit lovingly tailored to O'Toole's ravaged but commanding frame.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2006
O'Toole deserves all the praise he has been getting for this part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 18, 2006
Venus is worth seeing for the scenes between O'Toole and Vanessa Redgrave as the woman he abandoned.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 14, 2006
O'Toole has such a one-of-a-kind face that at times the director, Roger Michell, is content just to have his camera gaze upon it. That puts a burden on O'Toole, who cannot, and doesn't care to, hide the ravages of time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 11, 2006
...A heartbreaking comedy that is simultaneously funny and sad, raunchy and sweet, funky and elegiac.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 23, 2006
O'Toole gives a staggering performance -- fearless, defiantly untamed and in its own way a work of art.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 23, 2006
Genuinely funny, randy and moving by turns, breezily enjoyable throughout.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
This early May, late-December romance springs out of a wonderfully wry foundation.