The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil (2006)

Set in the 1920s, this love story is about a young English couple (a doctor and a society girl) who marry hastily. They relocate to Hong Kong where they betray each other easily, but then they find an unexpected chance at redemption and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually, The Painted Veil has all the trappings of a stuffy period drama, but Norton's and Watts's deft portrayals of imperfect, complicated characters give the film a modern-day spark.

Time Out

The production values are characteristically sumptuous, William Daniels' photography is lustrous, and Boleslawski directs with suitable flair.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie makes for a good old-fashioned wide-screen wallow.

Heather Huntington

This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Exquisitely filmed and finely acted.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Sweeping vistas, period-piece sets, impeccable literary source, a little stolid at times, but ultimately quite impressive.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The acting is quite splendid, especially in the vicinity of the quite splendid Watts.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The cinematography is stunning, while Watts' and Norton's outstanding performances elevate this absorbing material into a truly memorable experience,… More
Conner Rainwater
Definitely a well thought out plot with great actors and incredible cinematography. The use of widescreen is flawless. Where this movie falls short is the… More
Daniel Perry
A movie I was completely unaware of, and therefor surprised by... very pleasantly surprised by. It gets a little montage-y toward the end, and the odd shot is… More
Lewis C.
"We humans are more complex than your silly little microbes. We're unpredictable. We make mistakes and we disappoint." Set primarily in China… More
Thomas Johnston
Visually stunning at times, The Painted Veil is a heartwarming love story. The refreshing part of this love story is it shows the effort to find love, accept… More
Candy Rose
Set in the 1920s an English couple marry hastily. The wife has an affair and to punish her, her husband takes them to Shanghai where there is a deadly epidemic.… More