Trishna

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 13, 2012
    91
    In Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Thomas Hardy's Victorian romantic tragedy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" proves surprisingly adaptable to contemporary India.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 19, 2012
    88
    As a melodrama, Trishna builds a hypnotic force.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 12, 2012
    80
    With Trishna, his (Winterbottom) penchant for risks has once again paid off.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 19, 2012
    75
    The subtitle of Hardy's novel was "A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented," and that's the approach taken here.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    Trishna is in love with India without romanticizing it.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jul 18, 2012
    70
    Winterbottom, a Brit who's shot several films in India, carefully notes the local customs and mores that contribute to the young woman's tragic fall.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 11, 2012
    65
    Though it's a bit of an oddity, it's an affecting curio suitable for both Hardy enthusiasts and Winterbottom fans alike.
  8. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Jul 20, 2012
    63
    Trishna, in short, seems to occur at too much of a remove; it's too fate-filled.
  9. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 13, 2012
    63
    Pinto's lack of dramatic range (she basically has two expressions) and an awkward third act do not provide a solid foundation for Hardy's tragic ending.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 15, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Dullsville. Freida Pinto is striking as always, and the cinematography is compelling, but the story line, supposedly based on the Hardy work, is confused and shallow. The movie is just a patchwork of loosely connected 1-minute scenes with little continuity or storytelling. There is minimal character development - something that Ms. Pinto definitely needs because of her withdrawn nature. The players are injected fully formed with no backstory or history to help us appreciate who they are. Even Ms. Pinto's interactions with her family are insipid. We're left to wonder why her character attaches to the male lead, following him from town to town for no apparent reason other than to make a few bucks to send back to her family. The sexual attraction, and ensuing scenes, are contrived and colorless. Ultimately we can't understand her rage leading to the murder she commits, or her subsequent suicide. Full Review »