Provoked (2007)

Inspired by the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Jag Mundhra's Provoked tells the tale of a battered wife pushed to the ultimate act of defiance. As a nineteen year old girl living in a small Punjab village with her overbearing sisters… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Provoked's story is worth telling, but the hammy dialogue and heavy-handed direction doesn't give it the refined treatment it deserves.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.

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Craig Phillips

A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail

[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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.

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Cynthia Fuchs

By offsetting Women in Cages-style throw-downs with Malcolm X-like uplift, it is simultaneously strange and familiar, inspiring and annoying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Average real-life based movie, nothing that makes it "A Must Watch".
Leo L
This is a fantastic movie, and one I most likely won't forget soon. This movie is deeply touching and moving. Miranda Richardson gives a stellar… More
Ilyaas Hussain
A well-picked but badly told story, director Jagmohan Mundhra caricatures practically everything on screen - taking away from the realism that could've… More
Deb S
The story educates one of the atrocities that can happen to a woman.