The Painted Veil - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Painted Veil Reviews

Page 2 of 8
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 28, 2007
Unlike any love story I've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
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 Review| Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
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.
Mike Ward
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 26, 2007
...a stuffed and mounted story of tortured romance that seems long out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 25, 2007
An easy movie to admire but a difficult one to embrace.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 11, 2007
Both sumptuous and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
J.B. Mitchell
Orlando Weekly
January 11, 2007
The characters are extraordinarily well-drawn, and Watts and Norton both do fine, subtle work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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.
Full Review
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
Page 2 of 8