Venus (2006)

An aging pair of veteran English actors whose success never quite took hold finds their quiet existence suddenly interrupted by the arrival of one of the men's precocious grandnieces in director Roger Michell's affectionate comedy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Audiences may attend to witness Peter O'Toole's Oscar-worthy performance, but they'll also be treated to a humane, tender exploration of maturing with both dignity and irreverence.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

O'Toole spent so many years being better than the little material that he was offered that it's heartening to see him sprint toward the finish of his career with such a flourish. If this is his curtain call, it's a glorious one.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles, they say, and Peter O'Toole, 74, proves the point in Venus.

Michael Dequina

A starring vehicle for an aging star who receives deafening awards buzz not so much for the performance than, it seems, for simply being alive.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

If only [director] Michell's film actually said something about aging, and didn't feel the need to include Grumpy Old Men shtick and bland bossa nova-inflected pop.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Venus is a fine reminder of the wonders we're presented with every day.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

It's a pleasure to have Peter O'Toole's company here - likely for the last time in a role of such magnitude & majesty, bangs still swept back in boyish wisps and his sky-blue eyes vibrant and hungry. A loving, lyrical, eloquent sonnet to elderly sunsets.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Venus belongs to O'Toole. This is, hands down, my favorite performance of the year, largely because I love the way O'Toole (and the filmmakers) refuse to yield to the all-too-pervasive idea that it's 'icky' for old people to even think about sex.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Venus is emotionally affecting, not because O'Toole's Maurice is coping with mortality, but because of the honest way he confronts it.

Fernando F. Croce

Worth seeing for O'Toole's incorrigible twilight jesting

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Christian C
A beautiful and striking meditation on aging, living and facing mortality with a superb performance by the incomparable Peter O'Toole. Exceptional… More
Chris Garman
Venus is the story of how two aging actors (Peter O'Toole and Leslie Philips) lives are turned upside down by a teenager relative of Philip's… More
Dean King
A touching, heartfelt drama as two old semi retired actors lives are turned upside down upon the arrival of the niece of one of them. Peter O'Toole becomes… More
Red Lats
I enjoyed this movie. Made me think. Is Maurice (Peter O'Toole) a dirty old man or not? A story of the agony of growing old, of friendships - both with… More
Derek Daniels
Not at all what I expected, but that's a good thing since this movie had me laughing almost nonstop. Peter O'Toole had his heart broken again by just… More
Gordon Anderson
Measured study of an unusual relationship which veers close to creepy but is saved by a witty script, great performances and funny swearing.