The Painted Veil Reviews

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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.
February 9, 2007
February 8, 2007
A '20s period piece about tainted love set against a cholera epidemic in a remote Chinese village may sound about as romantic as Valentine's Day at T.G.I. Fridays spent over mozzarella sticks and separate checks, but we promise the pay-off is much better.
February 3, 2007
January 26, 2007
...a stuffed and mounted story of tortured romance that seems long out of date.
January 25, 2007
An easy movie to admire but a difficult one to embrace.
January 21, 2007
A movie for sophisticated adults...a sensitively nuanced story (with) exceptional performances by Norton and the gorgeous Watts with captivating cinematography and locale.
January 17, 2007
Watts and Norton are extraordinary actors, and in fine form here, but they never click together...
January 17, 2007
The film treats the conventions of 1925 with respect, without condescension or superiority (and, blessedly, without post-modern smugness).
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 12, 2007
For filmgoers who long for the days when adventurous filmmakers such as David Lean placed fascinating, flawed characters in sweeping, historic settings, The Painted Veil is a most welcome motion picture.
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