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"Provoked" is the true life depiction of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, the Asian woman who overturned the British judicial system and transformed the meaning of "provocation" in the case of physically abused women, winning justice for women subjected to domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. The film, based on Ahluwalia's biography "Circle of Light" by Rahila Gupta, follows her lonely struggle in an abusive 10-year marriage, her retaliation through the murder of her violent husband and the efforts of women activists Southall Black Sisters to bring her justice.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

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"The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story."
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"In the end, Provoked is not provocative enough."
‑ Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times
"Holy Burning Bed! If Britain had its own equivalent of the Lifetime channel, "Provoked" would be tailor made for it."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The true-crime drama Provoked has everything to offer except a cinematic point of view and a knack for depicting human beings under duress. Those are major drawbacks."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"feels largely meaningless and inconsequential"
‑ David Levine, Filmcritic.com
"PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY sets out to tell an important story in the history of the British judicial system. Unfortunately, the project was undertaken by filmmakers who seemingly didn't know how to handle the implications of the story they wanted to tell."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"[Director] Mundhra can't control the expansiveness of the melodrama or focus on the terseness of realism. Every character in Provoked, from victims to tyrants, Indian to English, loud to quiet, ends up as a grossly exaggerated comic creation."
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"By offsetting Women in Cages-style throw-downs with Malcolm X-like uplift, it is simultaneously strange and familiar, inspiring and annoying."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Account of a legal campaign launched by women to expose the brutality of domestic violence and male chauvinism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Soapy sermon about the landmark case of a battered wife."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
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