Venus Synopsis
A young woman turns a veteran British actor's (Peter O'Toole) life upside down.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A sublime meditation that is one of this year's wisest, warmest and funniest films.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The great thing about Venus - apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Peter O'Toole, still a British cinematic lion at 74, performs another movie miracle in the Roger Michell-Hanif Kureishi film Venus.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Venus is rollickingly funny at times -- but there's an undercurrent of extraordinarily clear-eyed sadness.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Awash in terrific performances.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
O'Toole gives a staggering performance -- fearless, defiantly untamed and in its own way a work of art.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The suggestion that Peter O'Toole is playing some version of his real self in Venus adds a bittersweet poignancy to this quietly affecting...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Peter O'Toole's tour-de-force performance makes Venus a movie not to be missed.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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By suzie192040
Venus is great movie. It's the story of an old man who becomes infatuated with the great niece of his friend and suddenly blossoms to life when he is with her. It's about the longing of youth of a...


By Terry Thacker
I like Peter O'Toole so I was expecting a marvelous performance. What I got instead for a so-so performance. The best part of it all was the reparte between the three Englishmen during their times...


By screenrighter
this could be a 'good story well told' review or a rave for peter o'toole's masterful charactrerization. venus is populated by very real characters interperted without bombast by a top-notch cast....


By moviegirl1121
Go to see Peter O'Toole in a superb performance and to enjoy the dialogue and repartee among the three older friends. Be prepared (perhaps) to feel a little uncomfortable with O'Toole's obsession...

Peter O'Toole is a revelation

By jasmined
Peter O'Toole was wonderful in this treasure of a movie. Go see this!...

Venus - a complex story

By Nameless4523
This story demands a certain acceptance by the viewer that relationships should not be defined by simple stereotypes. O'Toole does a splendid job of making the odd pairing of an old man and a young...


By kismet1
loved the movie very heavy in some parts and funny true to life and quite timely...

O'Toole at his finest

By iplyruf
This is a film that should have been released a month sooner in more theatres. Peter O'toole plays a stogey but lovable actor smitten with a very young girl. They in turn use each other to get what...


By homewolf
Awful, crude, depressing. Peter O'Toole was just himself....

A Go To Film

By cinemamaven
Very sweet movie. If not for Forrest Whitaker, Peter O'Toole's performance is an academy award winner. All the actors performed superbly. Vanessa Redgrave while her political sense is screwed up,...

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Rated R | For language, some sexual content and brief nudity
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Common Sense Media says Superb acting on life's journey; not for kids.
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