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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 25
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A well-intentioned, but all-thumbs down drama. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Rai's acting is frustratingly passive in Provoked, and the script is laced with prison and courtroom cliches. But the movie gets most of the facts straight and the flashbacks to the wife's abuse are harrowing. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    There's an interesting movie in here, too, about the isolation of Indian brides brought to a new country by strange new husbands and mistreated, but Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface to go there. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Most of the ingredients for a strong, tough film are there, and they have been sadly botched by a few key collaborators. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A clueless 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. show more

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In a picture that begins with a torching scene and goes on to mine the burning question of the rights of abused women to strike back, Provoked never ignites the screen with clear argument or noble passion. show more

  • 40
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Based on a true story, this Indian variation on a theme of "The Burning Bed" emphasizes the psychological freedom the inmate finds behind bars. show more

  • 70
    Derek Elley Variety

    Mixed Indian and Western cast --turn the true story of a case that changed British law into an old-style melodrama (in the best sense) complete with a feel-good ending. show more

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