Provoked: A True Story

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  • Summary: When a battered Punjabi housewife sets her abusive husband on fire and kills him, she is sentenced to life in prison. There, she befriends a woman who teaches her English and encourages her to appeal her case.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. 75
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tiny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.
  4. 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.
  5. Unfortunately, in keeping its inflammatory subject matter at arm’s length, Provoked does exactly the same to its audience.
  6. Chopped into episodes headed by typewritten dates, Provoked turns the case of a lifetime into something straight out of Lifetime.
  7. 20
    Short-changing issues of race and wearing its heart way out on its sleeve, it's the film's amateur exposition that's most dumbfounding -- poised to provoke more sarcasm than righteous indignation.

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