The Painted Veil
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A couple with a broken relationship learns some valuable lessons about love, life, and sacrifice in this romantic drama based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It's 1925, and Dr. Walter Fane (Edward Norton) is a physician and bacteriologist who has become smitten with Kitty (Naomi Watts), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy and socially prominent family. Walter proposes marriage to Kitty and she accepts; however, while he clearly loves her, Kitty is more interested in her reputation than Walter's feelings, as she's recently turned 25, an age by which most of her peers have already… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The production values are characteristically sumptuous, William Daniels' photography is lustrous, and Boleslawski directs with suitable flair."
‑ , Time Out
"The movie makes for a good old-fashioned wide-screen wallow."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Concealed passions are revealed as life takes unexpected turns and what initially seems like an act of vengeance becomes the making of the central characters"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"click for review"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The always surprising Watts creates a woman at once contemporary and retro. And Norton, as a producer as well as star, concedes enough space for Schreiber and the effortlessly fascinating Jones to earn their own spotlights."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Exquisitely filmed and finely acted."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Painted Veil has a real pulse. It sweeps you up in the characters' journey from the beginning, and keeps you riveted from moment to moment."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"John Curran controls the redemptive spirit of Maugham's book with merciful restraint, and gets excellent performances all round."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Sweeping vistas, period-piece sets, impeccable literary source, a little stolid at times, but ultimately quite impressive."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"It's a wallow and I confess to wholeheartedly enjoying the plunge."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"...a finely crafted product that can hardly fail to touch one's heart."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Wonderful scenery, great performances and a superb story."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
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