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The Painted Veil (2006)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Curran

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About the Movie

Based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Painted Veil" is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter, a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 144
  • Fresh: 107
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The acting is quite splendid, especially in the vicinity of the quite splendid Watts. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Painted Veil recalls an earlier era of film direction, when movies moved rather than manipulated and craft superseded special effects. – Susan Walker, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The problem isn't that it's painful to endure, but that it's a rather easier watch than it should be. – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

1st Review! (And an insightful one at that)

This is an absolutely WONDERFUL film. It is a tale about infidelity, what causes it, what comes of it, and what can be solved in the wake of its victory. Beautifully and poignantly told, this movie is about a lonely and frail wife (Watts, in fine form as always) who begins to feel frustration with her husband and immerses herself in an affair (her lover is her real life husband!). She's quickly discovered, and ends up attending the location of a huge cholera epidemic. Through their dangerous settings, the two distraught spouses begin to patch up their relationship and find love. Never has this story been told as well, or as heartbreakingly. This film is in my top three, and is greatly overlooked despite its incredile and emotional feat of an ending. It is regal and elegant, and not a story for those who thrive off of veins of films like Bride Wars or Transformers. I heartily recommend this film, and hope you reach the conclusion I had about this film: despite veering off of the story portayed by Maugham, there is no denying this film is MAGNIFICENT!!!

What an interesting painting awaits those who choose to unveil it.

Strangely familiar, Queasy, Delicate, Redeeming, Elegant, Beautiful.

Love at First Sight

This film was shown in one of my classes and as soon as i watched this film, I fell in love with it. Its absolutley brilliant and so intriguing that it was very difficult to take your eyes off of it. Every aspect, the acting, the plot, everything was so wonderful that I could watch this film over and over again and still be in love with it. It is definatley worth the money and time to watch this film and its worth the 5 stars! So watch and fall in love with every minute of this film :)

The Painted Veil (2006)
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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