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: Karina Longworth
    Jul 12, 2012
    60
    In the hands of Winterbottom, who has frequently shown a knack for infusing red flag sex with dread without sapping it of sexiness, the master-slave dialectic is made grossly, appropriately literal. The dialectic itself is never discussed.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 10, 2012
    60
    Winterbottom's risks are welcome; it may be time, though, to invest more heart instead of head.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Jul 7, 2012
    60
    The ever-versatile Winterbottom's loose and limber adaptation doesn't entirely mesh with Hardy's more formal narrative, leaving this feeling disjointed and underpowered. Nevertheless, there's still plenty to enjoy in the director's customary flourishes.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jul 7, 2012
    60
    Some will balk at Pinto's passivity, but Trishna again shows Winterbottom to be one of the few directors today who are liberated, rather than constricted, by classic literature.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 19, 2012
    58
    The relationship between Trishna and Jay never rings as true as it needs to for the downbeat third act to resonate the way it was presumably intended to do.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 19, 2012
    50
    Trishna should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    Michael Winterbottom's films aren't always successful, but they're almost always interesting. And, in the case of this odd transplantation from Thomas Hardy's grim Wessex to the glare and blare of contemporary India, spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 11, 2012
    50
    The shots of urban traffic jams have more spark than the story, which skips from a pregnancy to the filming of a musical to murder - without convincing us of any of it.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 7, 2012
    50
    Class privilege and sexual politics are inextricably linked in Trishna, Michael Winterbottom's blunt, self-consciously brutal, and rather loose updating of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 12, 2012
    40
    Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 7, 2012
    40
    Winterbottom's location work in Jaipur and Mumbai has richness and spectacle, but somehow this does not come fully to life.
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 »