Blonde Venus
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic Hollywood and classic Sternberg at their most preposterously outageous -- and at their most glorious."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film is certainly a mess at one level, with damaging fluctuations in tone and pace, and some ropey supporting performances, but it remains enough of a visual triumph to earn its place in the series of Dietrich movies."
‑ Tony Rayns, Time Out
"Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Dreary Marlene Dietrich vehicle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unfocussed and unevenly paced, Dietrich keeps this together while much that surrounds her flails rather awkwardly."
‑ , Film4
"A muddled, unimaginative and generally hapless piece of work, relieved somewhat by the talent and charm of the German actress and Herbert Marshall's valiant work in a thankless rôle."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance."
‑ David Oppedisano, Radio Times
"von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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