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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. Read critic reviews

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Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) are veteran British actors who share a friendship and comfortable routines into their 70s. The arrival of Ian's grand-niece, Jessie (Jodie Whittaker), shakes things up for the two old friends. Ian has no patience with the young woman, but Maurice finds her enchanting. He wants to show Jessie the sights and teach her about life, then realizes how little he actually knows.

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Kate Lock
Michael's Wife
Corin Redgrave
Art Collector
Tessa Ross
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Scott Rudin
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Miles Ketley
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Charles Moore
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Harris Zambarloukos
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Critic Reviews for Venus

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (18)

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 9, 2007 | Rating: 5/5
  • 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.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • It comes as a pleasant shock, actually, to see newcomer Whittaker holding her actorly own against the icon O'Toole.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 3, 2007
  • Roger Michel knows how to do People-in-Rooms better than most directors do, but the joys of it really are the performances and it's worth seeing for O'Toole and Phillips together.

    January 29, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Venus

  • Aug 09, 2014
    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
  • Dec 24, 2012
    Ick! While the Venus of the film is great O'Toole is about ten years too old for this May December romance. The sparks are forced.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    An odd but sweet and touching story.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer

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