The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.
2007Rating: M, Violence & Offensive Language122 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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While the largely unknown cast and subtitled dialogue may present a marketing challenge, they also create a feeling of authenticity in this poignant, intimate epic, which should attract a strong following among discerning audiences...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Forster, who previously directed “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” has been soundly defeated by The Kite Runner. Despite the film’s far-flung locations (it was shot primarily in China), there is remarkably little of visual interest here; the setups are banal, and the scenes lack tension, which no amount of editing can provide...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The terseness of Hosseini's prose has been replaced by the sentimentality of the director's approach...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Both boys give such heart-rending performances that fear of reprisals for participating in the scene persuaded the studio to postpone the film's release to give them time to leave Kabul...

3.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A faithful, literal adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel gets off the ground but never soars...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The Kite Runner is a house divided against itself. The Marc Forster-directed version of the Khaled Hosseini novel does one part of the story so well that its success underlines what's lacking in what remains...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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Based on Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel of the same name, this fine film is illuminated by David Benioff's faithful adaptation, frill-free direction (barring Forster's overuse of kite-flying symbolism) and some terrific acting...

3.0
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Tom Goulter's review of this film is perhaps the worst film review I've ever read. And yes, it took me this long to see 'The Kite Runner' after reading the book several years ago. The film stays true to the book and I thought it was a great film. Half assedness? Perhaps Mr. Goulter was dissapointed that Marc Forster chose not to show the actual child...

4.0
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Having both read the book and with some prior knowledge of the film's setting I would totally disagree with your reviewer. A poignant film which follows the book as closely as possible. Stunning scenery which could well have been shot in Afghanistan, if you don't look too closely - it at least gives a good impression of the area. Gives an insight into the...

5.0
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And I'm happy to say I see why. A really enjoyable film, which means I'm disagreeing with the Flicks reviewer who either went to sleep on the job, is unreasonably tough for some reason, or (to give him the benefit of doubt) has some masterful insights that the rest of us don't possess. The story about an Afghan boy, his well to do father and the boys...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

While the largely unknown cast and subtitled dialogue may present a marketing challenge, they also create a feeling of authenticity in this poignant, intimate epic, which should attract a strong following among discerning audiences...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Forster, who previously directed “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” has been soundly defeated by The Kite Runner. Despite the film’s far-flung locations (it was shot primarily in China), there is remarkably little of visual interest here; the setups are banal, and the scenes lack tension, which no amount of editing can provide...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The terseness of Hosseini's prose has been replaced by the sentimentality of the director's approach...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Both boys give such heart-rending performances that fear of reprisals for participating in the scene persuaded the studio to postpone the film's release to give them time to leave Kabul...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A faithful, literal adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel gets off the ground but never soars...

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The Kite Runner is a house divided against itself. The Marc Forster-directed version of the Khaled Hosseini novel does one part of the story so well that its success underlines what's lacking in what remains...

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Based on Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel of the same name, this fine film is illuminated by David Benioff's faithful adaptation, frill-free direction (barring Forster's overuse of kite-flying symbolism) and some terrific acting...

3.0
0

Tom Goulter's review of this film is perhaps the worst film review I've ever read. And yes, it took me this long to see 'The Kite Runner' after reading the book several years ago. The film stays true to the book and I thought it was a great film. Half assedness? Perhaps Mr. Goulter was dissapointed that Marc Forster chose not to show the actual child...

4.0
0

Having both read the book and with some prior knowledge of the film's setting I would totally disagree with your reviewer. A poignant film which follows the book as closely as possible. Stunning scenery which could well have been shot in Afghanistan, if you don't look too closely - it at least gives a good impression of the area. Gives an insight into...

5.0
0

And I'm happy to say I see why. A really enjoyable film, which means I'm disagreeing with the Flicks reviewer who either went to sleep on the job, is unreasonably tough for some reason, or (to give him the benefit of doubt) has some masterful insights that the rest of us don't possess. The story about an Afghan boy, his well to do father and the boys...

4.0
0