Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Handsomely crafted, with meticulous performances, yet it plays out drily and in monotone.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    50
    Overall, Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.
  3. The Painted Veil has all the elements in place to be a great epic, but it fails to connect, to paraphrase Maugham's contemporary E.M. Forster, the prose with the passion. It's impeccable, but leaves you cold.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Intelligent scripting, solid thesping and eye-catching location shooting aren't enough to make a compelling modern film of The Painted Veil.
  5. Terrific actors give glum performances.
  6. The result is a movie that feels weirdly disconnected from reality.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. wendys
    May 2, 2009
    10
    Incredible movie. One of the best I've seen. Beautiful imagery and moving stoy. I loved this one.
  2. Kathyl
    Mar 21, 2009
    8
    I thought this movie was very, very good. The relationship between the two characters was believable and moving. Their passions and emotions I thought this movie was very, very good. The relationship between the two characters was believable and moving. Their passions and emotions were real. The acting was superb and the cinematography was excellent. I can't understand why this movie did not do better--it is a gem. Full Review »
  3. SusanS.
    Dec 16, 2008
    9
    Captivating, a well acted period piece that was engaging enough to require further reading and research after the movie credits ran. Captivating, a well acted period piece that was engaging enough to require further reading and research after the movie credits ran. Completely engrossing...the characters were multi-dimensional and well layered. The depths of each character kept me interested in their demons and wanting to know more. Wonderful film. Full Review »