Bandit Queen
Bandit Queen (1995)

Bandit Queen, based on the true story of legendary female warrior Phoolan Devi, is a confrontational epic that paints a far different picture of India from other arthouse productions. Devi (Seema Biswas) is married at age 11, abandoned by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

The numerous, unflinchingly filmed scenes of public and gang rape make this a visceral, if gruelling, experience, especially when juxtaposed with sprawling, beautifully photographed vistas of the Indian deserts and mountain ranges.

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John Hartl
Film.com

At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lavishly directed as an historical biopic by Shekhar Kapur.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.

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Tonia Steed
Film.com

This film's a relentless right hook.

Jim Hall
Film4

In comparison with most of the Indian cinema that breaks through to the Western mainstream, Bandit Queen stands out for its political attitude and willingness to take on Hollywood sensibilities in its storytelling.

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Randy Tippy
Violent, disturbing and true. A hardcore docu-drama that doesn't pull any punches.