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By Ken Fox
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.
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By Derek Elley
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.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Based on a true story, this Indian variation on a theme of "The Burning Bed" emphasizes the psychological freedom the inmate finds behind bars.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
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.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Most of the ingredients for a strong, tough film are there, and they have been sadly botched by a few key collaborators.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A well-intentioned, but all-thumbs down drama.
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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.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
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.
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39 out of 100
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