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The Painted Veil Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 8, 2008
It's a wallow and I confess to wholeheartedly enjoying the plunge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
May 2, 2008
Norton, an American, and Australian Watts are so busy struggling with their accents that they never really find their characters' hearts. But it's a solid piece of period escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 18, 2008
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 7, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2007
...a finely crafted product that can hardly fail to touch one's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 27, 2007
John Curran controls the redemptive spirit of Maugham's book with merciful restraint, and gets excellent performances all round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
April 27, 2007
Wonderful scenery, great performances and a superb story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 27, 2007
A great pleasure!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 27, 2007
Stunning scenery and superior thesping result in a period romance that combines the intimate with the epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 27, 2007
Combine a strong-limbed narrative about marital frustration with a painstaking account of the British imperial presence in 1920s China.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2007
An exquisitely drawn character piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
April 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2007
Overall this is a satisfyingly slow-burning romance, beautifully scored and acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic

Time Out
April 20, 2007
The production values are characteristically sumptuous, William Daniels' photography is lustrous, and Boleslawski directs with suitable flair.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 20, 2007
Handsomely crafted, with meticulous performances, yet it plays out drily and in monotone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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