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Venus Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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.
January 26, 2007
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles, they say, and Peter O'Toole, 74, proves the point in Venus.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2007
Venus is a fine reminder of the wonders we're presented with every day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2007
Because it's built around theater people, Kureishi's script offers ample opportunities for amusing repartee, and the performances are strong ...
Read More | Original Score: B
January 26, 2007
Venus succeeds because there is no hint of smugness in sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 26, 2007
With his intelligent and soulful performance, O'Toole reminds us exactly why he has been nominated for eight Oscars.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
January 18, 2007
An edgily charming meditation about the mysteries of attraction.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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-
January 3, 2007
If indeed Venus is his swan song, it resounds with a sweetly magnificent melody. Don't miss it.
December 26, 2006
What a piece of work by Peter O'Toole.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2006
Venus is pitched partly as a fond farewell to a beloved artist [O'Toole], and his whole beautiful generation.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
December 20, 2006
Venus is awash in terrific performances.
December 19, 2006
The script by Hanif Kureishi is smart, witty, understated and fits O'Toole to a T.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 19, 2006
In the end, the film is a straight-ahead boy-meets-girl story -- half a century too late.
December 19, 2006
Maurice, the protagonist of Venus, is a suit lovingly tailored to O'Toole's ravaged but commanding frame.
December 18, 2006
O'Toole deserves all the praise he has been getting for this part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2006
Venus is worth seeing for the scenes between O'Toole and Vanessa Redgrave as the woman he abandoned.
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+
December 11, 2006
...A heartbreaking comedy that is simultaneously funny and sad, raunchy and sweet, funky and elegiac.
November 23, 2006
O'Toole gives a staggering performance -- fearless, defiantly untamed and in its own way a work of art.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2006
Genuinely funny, randy and moving by turns, breezily enjoyable throughout.
September 13, 2006
This early May, late-December romance springs out of a wonderfully wry foundation.