Venus Beauty Institute
Venus Beauty Institute (2000)

In this visually stylish comedy, Angele is an attractive woman just edging into middle age who is looking for companionship without commitment. Her co-worker Samantha has more boyfriends than she knows what to do with, and Marie, the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 2000
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While almost aggressively French in tone and style, nonetheless an affecting, if fragile and flawed, meditation on the realities of romance and aging.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director Tonie Marshall turns in a lightweight, enjoyable film where love wins out over all.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Although pleasant enough, the movie, with its most memorable parts being its color scheme and sound effects, is not something worth recommending.

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Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

Tonie Marshall's captured the tender yearnings, wistful aches, and the sticky confrontation of aging far better than even Estee Lauder could.

Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

My biggest problem with Venus Beauty Institute is the mixed messages that it sends.

Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Director Tonie Marshall's script is consistently absorbing, with a remarkable way of balancing wry and perceptive observations with the mundane.

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It's not as if Baye's not great at displaying relationship disfunctionality, it's just that you can only thump the pillow so many times before it gets old.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

The French have just the right bring-me-down if you can't bear to drown yourself in a bowl of eggnog.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The one thing this film has going for it, is Nathalie Baye in the starring role.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Rather boring but okay enough to get through.
Curtis Lilly
Very very slow and boring. About a slutty old chick who works in a beauty salon, and Audrey Tautou has sex with an old fat guy on a pool table.
FanGirl Browncoat
How this film won any awards is beyond me. It's just a normal romantic comedy, but Samuel LeBihan sure is sexy.