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The Painted Veil Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 29, 2006
The filmmakers are mindful of the challenges inherent in filming Maugham's novel. But The Painted Veil never fully finesses the novel's 1920s attitudes toward its ethnic others.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 20, 2006
In The Painted Veil, terrific actors give glum performances.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 30, 2006
Watts' quietly intense performance is the best thing about Veil.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 1, 2006
Lack[s] an essential, gripping spark of self-destructiveness and ardor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Heather Huntington
August 28, 2008
This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
June 21, 2008
Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
December 14, 2006
Intelligent scripting, solid thesping and eye-catching location shooting aren't enough to make a compelling modern film of The Painted Veil
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 3, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
December 28, 2006
The Painted Veil is like one of those typical Oscar bait type of films that haven't been Oscar bait in about 10 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 10, 2008
Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2006
Despite a fierce lead performance by Naomi Watts, The Painted Veil is a quaintly bloodless, picture-postcard adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1925 China-set novel -- more Merchant Ivory than David Lean.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 29, 2006
Even amid an atmosphere of human rot, it's too elegant for its own good, a pleasing but pale Merchant-Ivory exercise that reverently strives for a kind of simple redemptive decency that Maugham found less triumphant than this movie does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
December 14, 2006
an apt visitation to the curious romances of the old days.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 29, 2006
Norton and Schreiber seem too American to be English colonials, but Watts navigates a challenging transformation (in a role first played by Greta Garbo in 1934), and there are sturdy performances by Anthony Wong, Toby Jones, and Diana Rigg.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 20, 2006
It's lacking all subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Christopher
Times (UK)
April 27, 2007
If the cholera doesnâ(TM)t get you, the dialogue will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 5, 2007
Many story elements are predictable, and they rely on superior acting to make up for other shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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