The Kite Runner Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
A remarkable story with tremendous human interest, about people we think we've figured out, but about whom we actually know next to nothing.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Faked compassion, bland visuals, metaphors dropped like anvils
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 13, 2009
...a good but not classic movie of a good but not classic novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 2, 2008
Entirely too epic for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 22, 2008
Es un poco inevitable sentir que la película transcurre casi como un trámite, sin permitirle al espectador una aproximación mucho más sensible a la historia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 9, 2008
A skilfully made and subtly powerful film, with a disarmingly human protagonist whose efforts seem all the more real, given his weaknesses and the movie's authentic feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 25, 2008
The Kite Runner will no doubt warm the hearts of its intended audience, but its nature is one of dubious flattery.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
The two young boys are definitely the highlight of the film. Their friendship is truly felt, which makes the tragedy that befalls Hassan all the more powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
The Kite Runner is solid and competently made, but then those are words one always uses when a piece of art falls short of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 17, 2008
Moments feel disappointingly scripted, so it's especially good news that many of its characters do not.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
Hosseini's over-done melodrama that doesn't so much open our eyes to Afghanistan as reinforce everything negative we've already suspected.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 26, 2008
Friendship, loyalty, tragedy, and politics are themes sensitively and sometimes terrifyingly examined. But the film's hopeful spirit hits home despite the differences in our culture and language.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 20, 2008
A heart-wrenching tale of lost friendship and redemption, "The Kite Runner" is as memorable as a movie as it is a novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 19, 2008
Uma admirável montanha-russa emocional.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 17, 2008
The Kite Runner is a film that both soars like its kite metaphor on the air currents of good storytelling, and falls to earth when its credibility is cut out from under it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
January 14, 2008
Alternately chilling and thrilling, The Kite Runner tugs at some emotional strings not often yanked with such frankness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 12, 2008
The narrative is a tapestry entwined from personal and political threads; the result is emotionally overwhelming
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 12, 2008
The Kite Runner is a curiosity in that it is a film driven almost entirely by its story, to the point that all the actors - save the fiercely patriarchal Homayoun Ershadi as Amir's father- seem purely functional, if not negligible.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
January 4, 2008
...the film is entertaining with superb acting, But a far cry from making the impact that the book did. Why it minimizes the brutality of the Taliban is mystifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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