Venus in Fur
Venus in Fur (2014)

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 20, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in top late-period form.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Like "Carnage," "The Pianist," "Rosemary's Baby" and more, Roman Polanski's latest is a creepy exploration of claustrophobia and perversity that should not be missed.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Never underestimate Roman Polanski.

Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Polanski deftly increases the tension incrementally like the gradual tightening of a boa constrictor around its prey.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Venus in Fur" is a stellar achievement.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

The haunted-house lighting is a perfect match for the claustrophobic intimacy of this two-hander - and camouflage, perhaps, for the fact that "Venus in Fur" remains more play than film.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

Venus In Fur is a saucy bit of chicanery, but so deft and entertaining, we're happy to be seduced.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Whether you like it or not, Roman Polanski is a great artist, and even the minor films of his fugitive decades glimmer with the claustrophobia and sardonic bleakness of his greatest work.

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Lisa Rosman

The ideological messages may continue to shift beneath our feet long after we leave the theater but the solidity of the impact of Venus in Fur will be what sticks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A writer/director who is auditioning actresses for the lead in his play about an S&M relationship meets an actress who epitomizes the same dynamic. This… More
Mark Abell
A darkly erotic film about an actress auditioning for a role in a play, based on the classic novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The play is being directed by… More
Pierluigi Puccini
David Ives' stage play seems tailor made for Roman Polanski. Claustrophobia, erotic tension, role games, submission and offbeat idiosyncratic humor, in… More
Hayden Blades
What I found interesting is when Thomas talks about how people cannot detach themselves from name-tagging art with broad social implications, and that this play… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Polanski gives us a welcome slap across the face with this provocative and deliciously anti-sexist chamber film that is superbly well written - adapted from… More
Alec Barniskis
I like that Polanski uses the confines of a two person play to his advantage rather than trying to expand the material for the film adaptation. The result is a… More