This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.
| Original Score: 6/10
Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.
| Original Score: C+
It's a wallow and I confess to wholeheartedly enjoying the plunge.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...a finely crafted product that can hardly fail to touch one's heart.
| Original Score: 8/10
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| Original Score: 2/5
John Curran controls the redemptive spirit of Maugham's book with merciful restraint, and gets excellent performances all round.
Wonderful scenery, great performances and a superb story.
A great pleasure!
| Original Score: 5/5
Stunning scenery and superior thesping result in a period romance that combines the intimate with the epic.
| Original Score: 3/5
The problem isn't that it's painful to endure, but that it's a rather easier watch than it should be.
Combine a strong-limbed narrative about marital frustration with a painstaking account of the British imperial presence in 1920s China.
If the cholera doesnâ(TM)t get you, the dialogue will.
An exquisitely drawn character piece.
Overall this is a satisfyingly slow-burning romance, beautifully scored and acted.
The production values are characteristically sumptuous, William Daniels' photography is lustrous, and Boleslawski directs with suitable flair.
Handsomely crafted, with meticulous performances, yet it plays out drily and in monotone.
Unlike any love story I've seen before.
| Original Score: B