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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Reviewed 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.
  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. Reviewed 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.
  4. 40
    No one breaks into song, but this fact-based legal drama about a battered Anglo-Indian wife on trial for murdering her husband is infected with a fatal strain of heaving Bollywood melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    Unfortunately, syrupy music, reductive characterizations and bland cinematography turn her case into an earnest feminist fable that plays like an afterschool special for grown-ups.
  6. Chopped into episodes headed by typewritten dates, Provoked turns the case of a lifetime into something straight out of Lifetime.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    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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