The Painted Veil Reviews

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May 13, 2009
June 8, 2008
It's a wallow and I confess to wholeheartedly enjoying the plunge.
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.
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
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.
May 7, 2007
...a finely crafted product that can hardly fail to touch one's heart.
April 27, 2007
John Curran controls the redemptive spirit of Maugham's book with merciful restraint, and gets excellent performances all round.
April 27, 2007
Wonderful scenery, great performances and a superb story.
April 27, 2007
A great pleasure!
April 27, 2007
Stunning scenery and superior thesping result in a period romance that combines the intimate with the epic.
April 27, 2007
Combine a strong-limbed narrative about marital frustration with a painstaking account of the British imperial presence in 1920s China.
April 27, 2007
An exquisitely drawn character piece.
April 26, 2007
April 24, 2007
Overall this is a satisfyingly slow-burning romance, beautifully scored and acted.
Top Critic
April 20, 2007
The production values are characteristically sumptuous, William Daniels' photography is lustrous, and Boleslawski directs with suitable flair.
April 20, 2007
Handsomely crafted, with meticulous performances, yet it plays out drily and in monotone.
March 28, 2007
Unlike any love story I've seen before.
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.
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.
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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