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Provoked Reviews

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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2007
Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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
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Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly
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.)
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
May 8, 2007
Provoked is a feminist homily of the shrillest order.
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Anil Sinanan
Time Out
April 5, 2007
It's a low-key message movie, but it still packs a punch.
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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.