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Provoked (2007)

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29

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 24

Provoked's story is worth telling, but the hammy dialogue and heavy-handed direction doesn't give it the refined treatment it deserves.

19

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

Provoked's story is worth telling, but the hammy dialogue and heavy-handed direction doesn't give it the refined treatment it deserves.

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Inspired by the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Jag Mundhra's Provoked tells the tale of a battered wife pushed to the ultimate act of defiance. As a nineteen year old girl living in a small Punjab village with her overbearing sisters and their husbands, Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) aspired to get a college education and see the world. Despite her ambitious plans, however, Kiranjit put her entire future on hold the moment she met handsome family friend Deepak (Naveen Andrews). Later,

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Jag Mundhra

Nov 13, 2007

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The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.

May 21, 2007
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The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Director] Mundhra can't control the expansiveness of the melodrama or focus on the terseness of realism. Every character in Provoked, from victims to tyrants, Indian to English, loud to quiet, ends up as a grossly exaggerated comic creation.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The true-crime drama Provoked has everything to offer except a cinematic point of view and a knack for depicting human beings under duress. Those are major drawbacks.

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

What should have turned out as a terrific movie about the crime of spousal abuse has instead received the equivalent of a ham-handed molestation by director Mundhra.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

By offsetting Women in Cages-style throw-downs with Malcolm X-like uplift, it is simultaneously strange and familiar, inspiring and annoying.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

In the end, Provoked is not provocative enough.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

feels largely meaningless and inconsequential

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Account of a legal campaign launched by women to expose the brutality of domestic violence and male chauvinism.

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Holy Burning Bed! If Britain had its own equivalent of the Lifetime channel, "Provoked" would be tailor made for it.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY sets out to tell an important story in the history of the British judicial system. Unfortunately, the project was undertaken by filmmakers who seemingly didn't know how to handle the implications of the story they wanted to tell.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Soapy sermon about the landmark case of a battered wife.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

For all the gushy feelings, the plight of women like Kiranjit, bound not only by domineering, often physically abusive husbands but by racism and oppressive cultural traditions as well, is poignantly portrayed.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Provoked

Average real-life based movie, nothing that makes it "A Must Watch".
January 6, 2009
imrealgod

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A well-picked but badly told story, director Jagmohan Mundhra caricatures practically everything on screen - taking away from the realism that could've made Provoked a great movie, and Aishwarya Rai, indifferent from her character, doesn't help the proceedings.
July 10, 2011
Ilyaas Hussain

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This is a fantastic movie, and one I most likely won't forget soon. This movie is deeply touching and moving. Miranda Richardson gives a stellar performance, and so does Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews.
January 9, 2008
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