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Provoked Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
May 21, 2007
The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.
May 7, 2007
A historic tale of triumph that director Jag Mundhra douses in Old Hollywood-meets-Bollywood aesthetics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 10, 2007
The true story deserved something much more gritty and intense than Provoked was able to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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+
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+
May 18, 2007
Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 14, 2007
In keeping its inflammatory subject matter at arm's length, Provoked does exactly the same to its audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 11, 2007
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.
May 8, 2007
Provoked is a feminist homily of the shrillest order.
April 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
May 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/6
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
May 10, 2007
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.)
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
May 18, 2007
The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 17, 2007
feels largely meaningless and inconsequential
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2007
Soapy sermon about the landmark case of a battered wife.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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