Bandit Queen Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 2, 2012
A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 12, 2008
Lavishly directed as an historical biopic by Shekhar Kapur.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Hall
Film4
April 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anna Smith
BBC.com
April 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 30, 2004
Seema Biswas' lock on our fascination and sympathies is unreleasable, making for a most powerful film from India.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 27, 2002
Although the "Bandit Queen" is a film loaded with violence and hatred, it is also an affirmation of the durability of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
An exciting movie that brings Devi's story to life with passion but without passing judgment.
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Devi is played by Seema Biswas as a fireball of unrelenting, white-hot fury -- a slap in the face to her country and its barbaric, outdated treatment of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable.
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Tonia Steed
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This film's a relentless right hook.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A towering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
To watch the film -- directed with eye-opening vigor by Shekhar Kapur -- is to vicariously experience the social horrors of India's patriarchal system.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This powerful but grueling Indian film is not only a tribute to her spirit, but also a searing indictment of a culture corrupted by the caste system and degraded by chauvinism.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
It is one well worth the time of fans of serious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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