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  • Summary: Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham and set against the visually stunning backdrop of China during one of its most dramatic periods of upheaval, The Painted Veil tells a unique love story of an estranged husband and wife who find redemption and unexpected grace in a very unlikelyBased on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham and set against the visually stunning backdrop of China during one of its most dramatic periods of upheaval, The Painted Veil tells a unique love story of an estranged husband and wife who find redemption and unexpected grace in a very unlikely place. [Warner Independent Pictures] Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The year's best romantic drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The Painted Veil is a welcome addition to the slate of holiday movies, particularly for those drawn to intriguing tales of multi-dimensional characters in exotic settings.
  3. 75
    The Painted Veil has the power and intimacy of a timeless love story. By all means, let it sweep you away.
  4. The movie makes for a good old-fashioned wide-screen wallow. Norton isn’t remotely credible, but Toby Jones is dandy as a sleazeball with a core of decency, and Watts is so open, so soulfully petulant, so transcendentally pretty, that even Maugham might reconsider the pleasures of the flesh.
  5. The film is unusual in that it is a co-production with the Chinese. Whatever difficulties this imposed on the Western filmmakers, the reward is a period film that feel authentic to its time and place.
  6. The whole affair seems curiously bloodless and often more torpid than torrid.
  7. 50
    Overall, Norton's effect and Watts' able portrayal are not enough to move the misogyny of the narrative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
  1. JuliaB
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    Amazing, literally. Great acting from every actor and beautiful scenery with an actual REALISTIC romance.
  2. Jehanzeb
    Feb 11, 2009
    10
    Very touching story with good pace. beautiful sceneries, lush photography..excellent acting. The sceneries and emotions were given due time Very touching story with good pace. beautiful sceneries, lush photography..excellent acting. The sceneries and emotions were given due time and regard. Slowliness was necessary to maintain quality. Must see phenomenon. Expand
  3. wendys
    May 2, 2009
    10
    Incredible movie. One of the best I've seen. Beautiful imagery and moving stoy. I loved this one.
  4. Nov 28, 2015
    9
    Wow, this was great! I was pleasantly surprised, because I am not a big fan of romances and these dramatically slow and depressing films aboutWow, this was great! I was pleasantly surprised, because I am not a big fan of romances and these dramatically slow and depressing films about relationships. But this film is definitely an exception, it did not make me vomit, not for a single moment. In fact, I think I love this film.
    The scenery is beautiful and it creates a perfect atmosphere, so does the music composed by Alexandre Desplat. The french song at the end of the film is especially beautiful and fitting. It's a very good period drama and realistic in every way. Both Edward Norton and Naomi Watts are superb. The pacing is quite perfect. All in all, a great film!
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  5. 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. Expand
  6. SarahM
    Nov 18, 2007
    8
    Except for the rather predictable ending, I thought this movie was top-notch. Excellent acting, great story-line, thought-provoking. Those Except for the rather predictable ending, I thought this movie was top-notch. Excellent acting, great story-line, thought-provoking. Those who have deemed it as "slow" may not appreciate the period-piece drama, but I thought it was one of the best of this genre. Expand
  7. May 28, 2013
    2
    The Painted Veil is an excruciating lengthy bore that doesn't have a minute that is worth acknowledging. The romance between the leads is soThe Painted Veil is an excruciating lengthy bore that doesn't have a minute that is worth acknowledging. The romance between the leads is so unconvincing it becomes worthless, similar to the rest of the film. Expand

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