Provoked: A True Story Synopsis
A Punjabi woman goes to prison for murdering her abusive husband.
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TV Guide

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...
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Variety

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)...
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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...
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58

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...
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50

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...
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40

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...
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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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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A well-intentioned, but all-thumbs down drama.
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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,...
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25

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...
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By jasleen
Direction is not so good, bad editing but overall great performances....