The Painted Veil (2006)

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Critic 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.


Movie Info

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 happiness while on a deadly journey into the heart of ancient China.

Rating: PG-13 (for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: W. Somerset Maugham, Ron Nyswaner
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Box Office: $7.9M
Runtime:
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site

Cast


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as Hostess

as Dorothy Townsend

as Te-Ming

as Colonel Yu

as Student 1

as Mrs. Garstin

as Sister Maryse

as Sister St. Joseph

as Angry Chinese Man

as Sung Ching

as Mr. Garstin

as Doris Garstin

as Sung Ching

as Geoffrey Denison

as Student 2

as Warlord Kwei

as Student No. 3

as Student 3

as Leona

as Walter Junior

as Wan Xi

as Wu Lien

as Student 4

as Chinese Opera Star

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Critic Reviews for The Painted Veil

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008

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

Full Review… | June 21, 2008
Film Threat

Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a wallow and I confess to wholeheartedly enjoying the plunge.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Painted Veil

The photography is stunning but the outstanding performances by Watts and Norton are what really elevates this honest material to a memorable experience, as they give shape to complex characters in an extremely involving drama about resentment, forgiveness and love.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 clumsy, but Norton and Watts are outstanding in this adaptation of Somerset Maugham's classic. A fine, exotic historical romance - see it!

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Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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 love and to forgive.

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Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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