The Painted Veil Reviews

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August 28, 2008
This stab at grand romance fails to satisfy.
June 21, 2008
Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.
June 10, 2008
Contents itself with making the Maugham work less prissy.
May 3, 2007
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April 27, 2007
The problem isn't that it's painful to endure, but that it's a rather easier watch than it should be.
April 27, 2007
If the cholera doesnâ(TM)t get you, the dialogue will.
February 3, 2007
January 26, 2007
...a stuffed and mounted story of tortured romance that seems long out of date.
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
January 16, 2007
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.
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.
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.
January 12, 2007
Feels like a Masterpiece Theatre production -- solid enough, but at the same time oddly generic.
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.
January 5, 2007
Many story elements are predictable, and they rely on superior acting to make up for other shortcomings.
January 5, 2007
A case of filmmakers being too enamored of classic source material to pump enough blood to bring a film version to life.
January 4, 2007
Redemption comes far too late in The Painted Veil, an aloof and disappointing adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1920s novel that features one of the more unlikable, self-involved main characters in recent memory.
December 30, 2006
Watts' quietly intense performance is the best thing about Veil.
December 29, 2006
There's something missing at the heart of the film, some spark, and it may be nothing more than a lack of chemistry between Norton and Watts.
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