Provoked Reviews

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Craig Phillips
GreenCine
July 30, 2009
A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 17, 2007
Account of a legal campaign launched by women to expose the brutality of domestic violence and male chauvinism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 11, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
Rai's acting is frustratingly passive in Provoked, and the script is laced with prison and courtroom clichés. But the movie gets most of the facts straight and the flashbacks to the wife's abuse are harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 11, 2007
[T]his conventional but deftly handled movie lays it bare, plays it straight, and eschews all the soppy melodrama we've come to expect from such solemn displays of aggressive, mad-as-hell feminism.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 9, 2007
What is exemplary about Provoked, is how these women survive and prevail simply but unequivocably through the resilient emotional fortitude they impart to one another.
Kam Williams
EURWeb
May 9, 2007
Courtroom drama about the landmark decision which established Battered Women's Syndrome as a defense, at least in England, where relief for an abused wife is now just a Molotov cocktail away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 5, 2007
For viewers prepared to go with the flow, it works at a gut, movie-movie level.
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Anil Sinanan
Time Out
April 5, 2007
It's a low-key message movie, but it still packs a punch.
April 3, 2007
Provoked avoids sentimentality and illustrates how one woman's bravery helped fuel a nationwide crusade and irrevocably altered British laws on domestic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 30, 2007
By offsetting Women in Cages-style throw-downs with Malcolm X-like uplift, it is simultaneously strange and familiar, inspiring and annoying.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 18, 2007
The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2007
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
May 18, 2007
In the end, Provoked is not provocative enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2007
Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Levine
Filmcritic.com
May 17, 2007
feels largely meaningless and inconsequential
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 17, 2007
Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.
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