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Bandit Queen (1994)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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Bandit Queen, based on the true story of legendary female warrior Phoolan Devi, is a confrontational epic that paints a far different picture of India from other arthouse productions. Devi (Seema Biswas) is married at age 11, abandoned by her husband when she resists his advances, and turned into a social outcast who, at one point, is gang-raped by the upper-caste men of one village. She later gets her revenge by organizing a massacre that leaves 20 villagers dead. Devi ultimately leads a band

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Documentary, Drama, Art House & International

Mala Sen

Dec 7, 2004

Hallmark Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The numerous, unflinchingly filmed scenes of public and gang rape make this a visceral, if gruelling, experience, especially when juxtaposed with sprawling, beautifully photographed vistas of the Indian deserts and mountain ranges.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable.

January 1, 2000
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This film's a relentless right hook.

January 1, 2000
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A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Lavishly directed as an historical biopic by Shekhar Kapur.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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In comparison with most of the Indian cinema that breaks through to the Western mainstream, Bandit Queen stands out for its political attitude and willingness to take on Hollywood sensibilities in its storytelling.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Russell Brand is, for once, well cast in the role of vague, vain singer Aldous, who's also the object of obsession for a waiter and aspiring musician in the Hawaiian resort.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC | Comment (1)

Seema Biswas' lock on our fascination and sympathies is unreleasable, making for a most powerful film from India.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Although the "Bandit Queen" is a film loaded with violence and hatred, it is also an affirmation of the durability of the human spirit.

February 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Seema Biswas, who plays the protagonist, conveys a remarkable range of suffering - bleeding, at its extremes, into a kind of pure, white-hot hate that makes the anger of Thelma and Louise look like playground stuff.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

A towering achievement.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It is representative of a thousand other real-life stories -- albeit not as spectacular as the Devi saga -- which have emerged in the news from India in the past decade.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

It is one well worth the time of fans of serious drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Bandit Queen

Violent, disturbing and true. A hardcore docu-drama that doesn't pull any punches.
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