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Provoked Reviews

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Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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.
| 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.
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 14, 2007
In keeping its inflammatory subject matter at arm's length, Provoked does exactly the same to its audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2007
Holy Burning Bed! If Britain had its own equivalent of the Lifetime channel, "Provoked" would be tailor made for it.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
May 11, 2007
Soapy sermon about the landmark case of a battered wife.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Ken Fox
TV 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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