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.
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
If the cholera doesnâ(TM)t get you, the dialogue will.
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.
February 9, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 10, 2007
The always surprising Watts creates a woman at once contemporary and retro. And Norton, as a producer as well as star, concedes enough space for Schreiber and the effortlessly fascinating Jones to earn their own spotlights.
January 8, 2007
Sweeping vistas, period-piece sets, impeccable literary source, a little stolid at times, but ultimately quite impressive.
January 6, 2007
The movie makes for a good old-fashioned wide-screen wallow.
January 5, 2007
Exquisitely filmed and finely acted.
December 30, 2006
The acting is quite splendid, especially in the vicinity of the quite splendid Watts.
December 29, 2006
The Painted Veil recalls an earlier era of film direction, when movies moved rather than manipulated and craft superseded special effects.
December 29, 2006
A thoughtful and beautifully mounted story for grown-ups, The Painted Veil brings the quiet pleasures of a fine novel, showing us that the world's complicated geography is no match for the terrain of the human heart.
December 29, 2006
The Painted Veil does what a romantic drama needs to do. It testifies to love as the great educator.
December 29, 2006
The Painted Veil is rich with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff.
December 29, 2006
Its strength lies in its patience -- and its slow, melting sorrow that hints at atonement.
December 29, 2006
The Painted Veil never really transcends a predictable, historical model of sacrifice and personal growth, and there's not enough of the latter.
December 29, 2006
The film manages to be a lush period piece, a love story, an examination of culture clash and a slow revelation of character emerging from stunted emotion.
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