The Painted Veil (2007) As an obsessive British bacteriologist in The Painted Veil , Edward Norton combs his hair into a slick helmet, every strand in place. Before making…
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The Painted Veil (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 08, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 08, 2007; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts; Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

As an obsessive British bacteriologist in The Painted Veil, Edward Norton combs his hair into a slick helmet, every strand in place. Before making love with his wife (Naomi Watts), he places his slippers neatly by the side of the bed. Much later, as the two rekindle their shattered marriage amid a cholera epidemic in 1920s China, Norton's 'do becomes more relaxed, wind-blown. These are precise details in a handsome throwback that's admirably refined, if too much so. EXTRAS None, and considering the seven years Norton spent shepherding this project, his commentary would have been welcome.

Originally posted May 04, 2007 Published in issue #933 May 11, 2007 Order article reprints