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When figure skater Jenna (Jane McGregor) loses a national championship, she decides to quit the sport, infuriating her mother and coach, Celia (Rebecca De Mornay). Unable to handle her mother's controlling and abusive ways, Jenna flees Seattle and goes to Vancouver, British Columbia. Despite her father's best efforts to stop her mother, Celia soon finds out where Jenna has gone, and follows her. When her gun is confiscated at the Canadian border, Celia becomes obsessed with finding new firearms.

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Critic Reviews for American Venus

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (3)

  • Never settling on a consistent tone or establishing a convincing context for its central character, the movie ultimately seems to grow bored even with itself.

    October 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-helmer Bruce Sweeney can't decide if the lead figure is a comic caricature or pathetic mental case; his resolution is so desultory it feels like he ceased caring.

    September 21, 2007
  • As a filmmaker with a gift for social satire, Sweeney isn't at his best focusing almost exclusively on one character.

    September 6, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • ...a strange, almost indescribable little movie...

    September 15, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Venus

  • Jul 14, 2008
    Another movie I disliked. Celia is a disturbed woman who is addicted to handguns and needs to manipulate the people around her, especially her daughter. But I learned nothing by watching it, other than perhaps an appreciation for Canada's gun laws.
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