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Trishna Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2012
While the film never delves deep enough into its characters' emotions to be truly spellbinding, it's well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2012
Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 20, 2012
A rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 19, 2012
"Trishna" works largely on the strength of Winterbottom's clever updates of a century-old story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 19, 2012
A loose but nonetheless pretty faithful recasting of Hardy's penultimate tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2012
Winterbottom gives a bright panorama of Indian life, from the agrarian countryside to the tumult of Jaipur and the sophistication of Mumbai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 19, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 19, 2012
Featuring a Bollywood subplot and an irresistible East-meets-West score, the movie is lush and lusty: both a strong vehicle for Pinto and a good match for Winterbottom's impressionistic style.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2012
The new setting revivifies the harsh forces of class and gender at work in the story.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2012
Winterbottom is a director who never repeats himself, films all over the world, and in "Trishna," effortlessly embeds his story in modern India.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2012
Winterbottom uses the Indian locations with a documentarian's eye and a dramatist's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2012
Spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2012
As a portrait of a nation amid accelerated and profound change, "Trishna" is a vivid piece of cinema. As a melodrama, it's provocative without being emotionally involving, the central performance more distancing than engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 12, 2012
This is one of the best and bravest of recent adaptations of classic literature; if you're even a little bit intrigued, ignore what others say and don't let it pass you by.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 12, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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July 12, 2012
Something in Hardy's tragic inclinations obviously appeals to Winterbottom; this is the third time he's adapted one of the author's novels, with the liberties he takes with the source material increasing each time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 12, 2012
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.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
July 12, 2012
Trishna is in love with India without romanticizing it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2012
The shots of urban traffic jams have more spark than the story, which skips from a pregnancy to the filming of a musical to murder - without convincing us of any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 10, 2012
The diffidence here is ingrained in the pacing and plot: Winterbottom hardly seems roused by the forbidden affair, and even a Bollywood-style dance number feels halfhearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 10, 2012
The film's exploration of extremes coexisting uneasily is especially palpable in a subplot involving Mumbai's film industry.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Sails along on a gorgeous score by Shigeru Umebayashi and Bollywood composer Amit Trivedi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5