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 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....

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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 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!...


By ThespianLover
An uneven movie, funny at first, then sad, at times disturbing in showing the relationship between the Peter O'Toole and Jodi Whittaker characters. Excellent performances by O'Toole and Griffiths....


By frnknibly6
Extraordinary film with outstanding casting!...

A Sleeper!!

By kiwipearl
It was a bore!!...


By filim
Once-beautiful Peter O'Toole and once-beautiful Vanessa Redgrave are now officiallyold and decrepit, but they are both still really funny and they both can really act. Best moment in the movie is...


By clevfry
Excellent. Great vehicle for Peter O'Toole. A bit sad, but all in all an excellent film. It's too bad Mr. O'Toole will probably miss out on what might be his last bid for an Academy Award. He has had...

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