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The Painted Veil (2006)



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.

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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.more
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
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


Naomi Watts
as Kitty Fane
Edward Norton
as Walter Fane
Liev Schreiber
as Charlie Townsend
Diana Rigg
as Mother Superior
Toby Jones
as Waddington
Catherine An
as Hostess
Juliet Howland
as Dorothy Townsend
Anthony Wong
as Colonel Yu
Maggie Steed
as Mrs. Garstin
Lorraine Laurence
as Sister Maryse
Marie-Laure Descoure...
as Sister St. Joseph
Johnny Lee
as Angry Chinese Man
Li Feng
as Sung Ching
Alan David
as Mr. Garstin
Lucy Voller
as Doris Garstin
Feng Ligang
as Sung Ching
Ian Rennick
as Geoffrey Denison
Wu Bin
as Student 1, Student N...
Yin Qing
as Student 2
Cheng Shihan
as Warlord Kwei
Liang Sijie
as Student No. 3
Liang Sigie
as Student 3
Henry Sylow
as Walter Junior
Lu Yan
as Wan Xi
Yu Xia
as Wu Lien
Ma Yun
as Student 4
Lin Zheng
as Chinese Opera Star
Yao Tian Hua
as Singing Orphan
Wu Di
as Singing Orphan
Liu Yue Qi
as Singing Orphan
Li Zhuo Er
as Singing Orphan
Hu Jia Yi
as Singing Orphan
Guo Yu Tong
as Singing Orphan
Zhao Wei Xin
as Singing Orphan
Chen Xiangqi
as Singing Orphan
Shi Tong Xuan
as Singing Orphan
Tang Yu Xin
as Singing Orphan
Cheng Yu Yang
as Singing Orphan
Guo Jia Hui
as Singing Orphan
Huang Yi Yuan
as Singing Orphan
Xu Shu Hao
as Singing Orphan
Fei Yue
as Singing Orphan
Meng Ting Yu
as Singing Orphan
Cheng Zhu Yue
as Singing Orphan
Gao Qiao Jia Li
as Singing Orphan
Ming Fang
as Singing Orphan
Tan Ya Zuo
as Singing Orphan
John Cann
as Businessman in Colon...
Maurice Herschtal
as Businessman in Colon...
Bill Marcus
as Businessman in Colon...
Shobauro Hiratsuka
as Businessman in Colon...
Yin Qing
as Student 2
Ma Yun
as Student 4
John Cann
as Businessman in Colon...
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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.

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!

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.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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