• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jag Mundhra
    In Theaters:
    May 11, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 13, 2007
  • Eros Entertainment


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Provoked Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 17, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie 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.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

May 11, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.

May 21, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A historic tale of triumph that director Jag Mundhra douses in Old Hollywood-meets-Bollywood aesthetics.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

May 7, 2007
Rebecca Murray

The true story deserved something much more gritty and intense than Provoked was able to deliver.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C-

May 10, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: D+

May 12, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Director Jag Mundhra doesn't do enough to clarify that killing, however horrible the man, really isn't okay, even for beautiful women.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 16, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 18, 2007
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 18, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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In keeping its inflammatory subject matter at arm's length, Provoked does exactly the same to its audience.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2007
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

There are some tremendous lessons of courage and justice to be taken from Provoked, however the drama is often so forced that there are times when the film is hard to watch.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

May 11, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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Provoked is a feminist homily of the shrillest order.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 8, 2007
Matthew Turner

Provoked is just about worth seeing for its important subject matter and for Aishwarya Rai's performance but it's a real struggle at times, due to the astonishingly inept direction.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 5, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Jag Mundhra's melodrama is pitched at an almost deafening level, drowning out any tiny notes of nuance in a tale of tears of triumph.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

May 10, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Director Jag Mundhra expends so much energy and screen time to sway us to take Kiranjit's side -- really, we're on her side, we're on her side -- that he doesn't have much left over for anything else.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 11, 2007
Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly
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Unfortunately, syrupy music, reductive characterizations and bland cinematography turn her case into an earnest feminist fable that plays like an afterschool special for grown-ups. (Call it the anti-Longford.)

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 10, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A clueless [director] Mundhra tackles the subject with a heavy hand and a contrived script. The result is a daytime soap mixed with a second-rate women-behind-bars flick.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 18, 2007
David Levine

feels largely meaningless and inconsequential

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2007
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Soapy sermon about the landmark case of a battered wife.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2007
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