July 31, 2020
A master class in acting from the great Peter O'Toole is the calling card of this poised and involving comedy-drama.
November 22, 2010
It's a pleasure to have Peter O'Toole's company here - likely for the last time in a role of such magnitude & majesty, bangs still swept back in boyish wisps and his sky-blue eyes vibrant and hungry. A loving, lyrical, eloquent sonnet to elderly sunsets.
August 28, 2009
Worth seeing for O'Toole's incorrigible twilight jesting
February 28, 2008
While age may have devoured O'Toole's youth, it has been utterly unable to touch his blistering talent, or his eyes which still sparkle with rakish light.
February 22, 2008
The only thing that resonated with me was O'Toole, who is at his playful best playing a role made to order for him of the boozer rascal who could charm a snake.
November 2, 2007
Zinger lines, wonderful performances and a profound emotional authenticity distinguish a film about the relationship between an old actor and a young woman.
September 22, 2007
Una comedia dramática agridulce donde brilla con luz propia el formidable Peter O'Toole, en un papel que tiene mucho de sí mismo.
August 4, 2007
There is consequently an authenticity to the movie that's intensified by O'Toole's expectedly masterful performance...
June 8, 2007
What makes Venus unforgettable is not the fine direction and script, or Vanessa Redgrave's startling cameo as Maurice's suffering ex-wife, or Whittaker's award-worthy debut; it's that the viewer can't draw a line between O'Toole's career and Maurice's.
May 18, 2007
...neither a romance nor a comedy but an engaging slice of life, a charming treat that reminds us how fragile life is.
May 11, 2007
He quotes Shakespeare; she quotes Kylie Minogue.The plot takes an awkward turn about two-thirds of the way through, but up until then, Kureishi's screenplay offers an intriguing contrast of styles.
May 7, 2007
O'Toole's performance is full of wit and vigor and, even at Maurice's weakest, there is a sense of a man who lived life fully and partook of every pleasure available.
March 16, 2007
Not winning the Oscar takes nothing away from Peter O'Toole's unforgettable performance as Maurice, a gifted, once devastatingly handsome man who, as the doleful lyrics of a recent Morrissey song state, falls in love even as he lies on his deathbed.
March 7, 2007
Venus isn't just a small-scale character study, but a thing of beauty to be treasured -- just like its star.
March 5, 2007
A movie that recognizes that in old age, our minds might remain bright with humor and mischief, but our bodies nevertheless betray us. Coming to terms with that gives "Venus" its emotional final act.
March 4, 2007
The film is engaging. There is a good deal of humanity and a bit of nostalgia.