The Painted Veil Synopsis
An adulterous woman (Naomi Watts) accompanies her scientist husband to fight cholera in 1920s China.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The year's best romantic drama.
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By Ethan Alter
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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Painted Veil is rich with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Painted Veil is a welcome addition to the slate of holiday movies, particularly for those drawn to intriguing tales of...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The always surprising Watts creates a woman at once contemporary and retro. And Norton, as a producer as well as star, concedes enough...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The Painted Veil may begin too slowly, but it also ends too soon.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Painted Veil has the power and intimacy of a timeless love story. By all means, let it sweep you away.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film is unusual in that it is a co-production with the Chinese. Whatever difficulties this imposed on the Western filmmakers, the...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Curran is a talented director, especially where his actors are concerned. His previous movie, "We Don't Live Here Anymore," an adaptation...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Terrific actors give glum performances.
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GRANDE FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!

By everygreen
questo film รจ bellissimo!!! da vedere e rivedere. gli attori sono bravissimi...

The Painted Veil

By lanegirl55
Beautifully shot movie, touching, believable, loved it!!! Love Edward Norton. See it, rent it, whatever - you won't be sorry....

Great Story

By jsttsl
The Painted Veil, although very long and drawn out, is actually very very good. You start out thinking this is going to be a long flick, but slowly it starts sucking you into the story, mostly due to...

Very good love story

By cjtolmie
Very touching and moving film. Ed Norton, and Naomi Watts give excellent performances and the film itself was beautiful. See this film....

Never go to a Century Theater Again

By sciencemonster
Projector was out of whack, major flickering in the bright spots. After promising never to show commercials, I had to sit thru ads for tv shows, cars, other crap. I paid ten dollarss for this? Forget...


By lugubriousthespian
John J. Curran's THE PAINTED VEIL is a epic-like film of yesteryear with two stalwart performances by it co-starring as well as co-producing leads Naomi Watts and Edward Norton as the estranged...

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Don't go

By suzie192040
The Painted Veil is a movie that is not believable. I read a review of this movie before I went to see it and after I saw the movie, I agreed with the review. The relationship between Edward Norton...

I watched it two days in a row!

By benten
I liked how it gave such an in depth realistic view of adjusting to married life, and it's constraints, and dealing with marital problems. I was left pondering, the way the characters related with...

Beautiful, Moving, Epic Love Story

By unavidabonita
This movie will have you thinking hours after you leave the theater. Great performances by both leading stars. Read a critic's review for a complete summary. I could never give a movie justice by...

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Rated PG-13 | For some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content
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Common Sense Media says Well-acted period drama is lush and haunting.
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