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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Painted Veil has the power and intimacy of a timeless love story. By all means, let it sweep you away. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The year's best romantic drama. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Terrific actors give glum performances. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Painted Veil is rich with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The Painted Veil may begin too slowly, but it also ends too soon. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ethan Alter Premiere

    If The Painted Veil ultimately lacks some of the novelty and ambition of the year's best pictures, it still ranks as one of 2006's quiet gems. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The Chinese locations ache with beauty. And when Watts and Norton focus, intently, on Maugham's often dazzlingly vindictive characters, The Painted Veil really does feel like a story worth filming a third time. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Norton isn't the first guy who comes to mind when you think ''period piece,'' but he's starred in two such films this year (in addition to The Painted Veil, he stars in "The Illusionist"), and he is terrific in both. show more

  • December 14, 2012 lakesregionguy
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    Never really heard of this film. Turns out that it is one of the best films I have seen in many years. Being very familiar with China and the area where this was filmed, added to my enjoyment. The failure of the marketing people and Warner Studio is a complete shame as this film could have and should have won many awards !

  • September 08, 2008 mdonnarmc
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    I totally agree with JushiBuruBeri. This movie has become one of my favorites and I'm a huge movie buff. I can and have watched this movie over and over. What shocks me is why The Painted Veil was never nominated for any awards! The acting, directing, cinematography, and the story line are so far above many of the movies we see get nominations every year that it truly boggles the mind that this movie was overlooked. I highly recommend watching The Painted Veil. You won't regret it for a minute.

  • July 27, 2008 JushiBuruBeri
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    This movie has become one of my all-time favorites. Aside from the gorgeous cinematography, the plot is excellent. I love the character development. Not only can you see each character's growth, but the relationship dynamics are clear and excellent. I have watched this movie over and over again, picking up more details each time. The music is perfect for the film. Ed Norton did an increadible job. I respect his work more and more every time he does something new.

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