Blonde Venus
Blonde Venus (1932)

In this film, Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen Faraday, a German cabaret singer in the States whose husband, Ned, falls ill. Struggling to afford his care and to support their son Johnny, she works at a nightclub and succumbs to the advances… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 1932
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Even Josef von Sternberg had his off days.

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TV Guide

Von Sternberg's paen to the pain of love in all its variations is so lovingly rendered that the shoestring story looks almost seamless.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dreary Marlene Dietrich vehicle.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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David Oppedisano
Radio Times

You'll not see many films superior to this in their use of visual detail, tempo, humour and double-edged significance.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
one of the odder dietrich/sternberg collaborations, this one juxtaposes the decadent high life against comfortable domesticity. i personally take issue with the… More
Aj V
I didn't get this movie. If people would have taken more time to discuss their problems the story would have been a lot different. It was just stupid to… More