American Venus
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American Venus
A competitive figure skater with Olympic aspirations turns her back on the sport by escaping to Canada in director Bruce Sweeney's border hopping family drama. Celia (Rebecca De Mornay) is an uncompromising coach determined to push her daughter Jenna (Jane McGregor) towards an Olympic gold metal. After Jenna's routine in the national figure skating finals proves less than stellar, the dejected young girl decides to escape her demanding mother by fleeing to Vancouver. Though Jenna's father is diligent in keeping his daughter's current location a secret from the fierce Celia, the… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never settling on a consistent tone or establishing a convincing context for its central character, the movie ultimately seems to grow bored even with itself."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"...a strange, almost indescribable little movie..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Writer-helmer Bruce Sweeney can't decide if the lead figure is a comic caricature or pathetic mental case; his resolution is so desultory it feels like he ceased caring."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Trouble is, there isn't enough going on to keep a viewer engaged."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"As a filmmaker with a gift for social satire, Sweeney isn't at his best focusing almost exclusively on one character."
‑ , Globe and Mail
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