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The Painted Veil Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2006
In The Painted Veil, terrific actors give glum performances.
December 30, 2006
Watts' quietly intense performance is the best thing about Veil.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
Lack[s] an essential, gripping spark of self-destructiveness and ardor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 28, 2008
This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 21, 2008
Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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.
May 3, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
June 10, 2008
Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
December 14, 2006
an apt visitation to the curious romances of the old days.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
December 20, 2006
It's lacking all subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 27, 2007
If the cholera doesnâ(TM)t get you, the dialogue will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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