Trishna Reviews

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December 27, 2018
Tess was very much a novel of its time. Those times have changed -- though, as Winterbottom does manage to show here, not as much as we think.
December 19, 2018
The cast bring an easy naturalistic style to their performances, softening some of the more melodramatic elements of the plot, with Winterbottom's camera eager to capture the colours, multiple identities and complexities of modern day India.
August 14, 2018
Trishna may be alluring and striking to look at, but the lack of purpose and floundering performances by Ahmed and Pinto ends up leaving you cold.
October 14, 2017
Alec d'Urberville, the wayward idler who seduces Tess, and Angel Clare, the compulsively virtuous youngman she loves, 'the earnestest man in Wessex', have been distilled [in this adaptation] into a single, somewhat problematic figure.
December 12, 2016
With Trishna, writer and director Michael Winterbottom updates Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles with decidedly mixed results.
June 30, 2013
Unfocused and easily forgettable, this drama shows that even a likable actress can't carry a movie that undervalues its characters.
September 14, 2012
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.
August 7, 2012
An intriguing addition to the work of an erratic but always interesting filmmaker.
August 7, 2012
Hit the books instead.
August 6, 2012
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.
August 3, 2012
Trishna engages the potent collisions of the rural and the urban, the poor and the rich, and considers how these interactions unfold in a romance and how they might also destroy it.
August 2, 2012
Winterbottom's socially conscious, contemporary adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles is first-rate.
July 27, 2012
Freida Pinto is a goddess among us, but this set-in-India version of Tess of the D'Ubervilles is just so-so.
July 27, 2012
...Winterbottom's most gorgeous film to date.
July 26, 2012
Freida Pinto is so incredibly pretty in "Trishna." And so incredibly boring.
July 26, 2012
Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.
July 25, 2012
It's an ambitious and evocative effort derailed in part by a passive lead performance that keeps the material at an emotional distance.
July 20, 2012
Pinto's piercingly expressive eyes tell the whole story--the excitement of not only first love but the new, and that innocent hope and romantic idealism slowly, inevitably bled dry.
July 20, 2012
A rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
July 19, 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.
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