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Trishna Reviews

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Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

Trishna is an admirable effort, but it's too detached and disinterested in the viewer to make an impact. This is a tough film to get through, and even if one makes it to the end, there's little reward to be found.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

September 14, 2012
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Unfocused and easily forgettable, this drama shows that even a likable actress can't carry a movie that undervalues its characters.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 1.0/5

June 30, 2013
Grae Drake
Movies.com

Hit the books instead.

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

August 7, 2012
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's final silliness casts a pall over all of its previous successes.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Things start off promising, but, by the time the final reel rolls, Winterbottom's too-detached style seems to be willfully wallowing in oversimplified misery.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

August 6, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

Despite some typical visual flair, and an affecting soundtrack to boot, Trishna lacks the emotional punch of Hardy's novel, with Pinto and Ahmed's pairing feeling contrived.

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 5/10

May 6, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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By combining the characters of Lord d'Urberville and Angel Clare into one person -- spoiled rich boy Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) -- Winterbottom strips the tale of a compelling second act, making things sag terribly in the middle.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 12, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Class privilege and sexual politics are inextricably linked in Michael Winterbottom's blunt, self-consciously brutal, and rather loose updating of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Freida Pinto is a goddess among us, but this set-in-India version of Tess of the D'Ubervilles is just so-so.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B-

July 27, 2012
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Where Winterbottom takes us next is anyone's guess. We're slowly losing interest, though.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012

Rather than a strong script, Winterbottom relies on a hyperactive camera, as if he were trying to recreate an updated dramatic classic by way of a music video.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 3/10

July 19, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Freida Pinto is so incredibly pretty in "Trishna." And so incredibly boring.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It feels contrived, even if that's not how the book reads

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 6, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 12, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

A dry, inert, frustrating, and boring experience, more detours than drama.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Pinto's lack of dramatic range (she basically has two expressions) and an awkward third act do not provide a solid foundation for Hardy's tragic ending.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 13, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Trishna" should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto.

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

July 19, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

July 26, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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This escalation of passions and Trishna's humiliation demands much of both actors, yet neither Pinto nor Ahmed is completely convincing and this is the main flaw of Trishna.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2012
Jay Antani
Paste Magazine

dismal and unconvincing

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2012
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