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The Painted Veil Reviews

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March 28, 2007
Unlike any love story I've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 21, 2007
The Painted Veil is the type of old-fashioned period drama with rich, well defined characters that usually can't find backing in today's Hollywood.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2007
Director John Curran ("We Don't Live Here Anymore") captures the profound beauty of China's lush countryside where his characters discover the true nature of their relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 14, 2007
John Curran has been inspired, in an epic way, to capture the extremes of romantic feeling in his adaptation.
February 8, 2007
A '20s period piece about tainted love set against a cholera epidemic in a remote Chinese village may sound about as romantic as Valentine's Day at T.G.I. Fridays spent over mozzarella sticks and separate checks, but we promise the pay-off is much better.
January 26, 2007
...a stuffed and mounted story of tortured romance that seems long out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 25, 2007
An easy movie to admire but a difficult one to embrace.
| Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2007
A movie for sophisticated adults...a sensitively nuanced story (with) exceptional performances by Norton and the gorgeous Watts with captivating cinematography and locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
January 17, 2007
The film treats the conventions of 1925 with respect, without condescension or superiority (and, blessedly, without post-modern smugness).
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 15, 2007
An intelligently crafted movie of dull tastefulness that brings nothing to the story that wasn't more artfully evoked in the novel.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
Why, ultimately, leave 1920s England to see a tragic romance between two Brits? Part this veil, and the atmosphere dissolves into a smokescreen, the backdrop revealed as a chasm between cultures.
January 12, 2007
Veil blends politics and romance only a bit less clumsily than The White Countess, another movie about pre-war China that came to grief.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2007
Feels like a Masterpiece Theatre production -- solid enough, but at the same time oddly generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2007
For filmgoers who long for the days when adventurous filmmakers such as David Lean placed fascinating, flawed characters in sweeping, historic settings, The Painted Veil is a most welcome motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 11, 2007
Both sumptuous and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 11, 2007
The characters are extraordinarily well-drawn, and Watts and Norton both do fine, subtle work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2007
This tale of strangers in a strange land has been fashioned as a poignant love story, with its buried passions forcefully breaking the surface as the film rounds the bend toward its satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
The marital problems played out by Naomi Watts and Edward Norton are of trivial concern when set within a cholera epidemic in China.
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January 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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