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Kites (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

Thoroughly overwrought in true Bollywood fashion, Kites is deeply flawed -- and too effervescently charming to resist.

91

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Thoroughly overwrought in true Bollywood fashion, Kites is deeply flawed -- and too effervescently charming to resist.

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Average Rating: 3/5
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A passionate affair leads to danger and excitement for two young lovers with nothing to lose. J (Hrithik Roshan) was left to die in the Mexican desert. Handsome and resourceful, he's one step ahead of certain death when Natasha (Bárbara Mori) blows into his life like an electrical storm. In a flash, he's smitten. Somehow, despite the deep cultural and language barriers that separate them, J and Natasha form a powerful connection. But Natasha is engaged to another man, a powerful figure who's

Feb 15, 2011

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

Not even the incoherent mishmash of plot...can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up between a blue-eyed Punjabi and a blue-eyed Mexican of almost equal comeliness.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comments (2)
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The pulp is served thick, with so much sincerely purple passion it's disarming.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's a film that proves the concept "overwrought" is the same in every language.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The result is a lovers-on-the-lam blast of pure pulp escapism, so devoted to diversion that you probably wonâ(TM)t even notice the corn.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Kites morphs into an action picture, complete with unfathomable chase scenes and a Thelma & Louise ending that is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It tells a simple story -- an almost archetypal story -- but it does so with a lot of passion and technical sophistication.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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a straight-to-video tale that somehow mysteriously managed to find its way to the silver screen.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Kites is an aromatic, cinematic Indian mutton stew -- if that sounds different from usual movie fare, it is. It's a Bollywood mixture of romance, violence, action, music, and differing cultures and languages. Kites flutters and plummets.

May 29, 2010 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Comment (1)
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To anyone versed in Bollywood conventions, it's a natural outgrowth of the genre, and a comically overwrought but still generally fun time.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Often terrible, yet completely engrossing film from Indian director Anurag Basu.

May 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A lush, lavish Bollywood-meets-Hollywood fantasy, available for viewing in both a shorter and longer version, courtesy of Brett Ratner.

May 23, 2010 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Comment (1)
SSG Syndicate

By the third act, you find the characters and story growing on you and the romance, despite the histrionics, moving.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine | Comment (1)
Moving Pictures Magazine

Kites is, essentially, a love story. With exploding cars.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Director Basu also has a tendency to backlight scenes, giving them epic, otherworldly glows that become all the more distracting with their increasing predictability.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A weird fusion of romantic excess, overwrought violence and crudely-staged action, all played to the rafters, filmed in garish colors and accompanied by a bombastic background score.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

There are many words that could be used to describe "Kites" in a review--indeed, even the trusty Oxford English Dictionary almost seems inadequate for such a task--but "boring" is most definitely not one of them.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Kites

Lemme just say that the leads are portrayed as being so blindingly and stereotypically attractive, that they just put me off. It is very stylish I suppose, but where's the substance? That being said, I was mildly entertained here. It was over the top of course, and I expect that with Bollywood, but the love story behind it just didn't pull me in as others have done. Too many cliches and unrealistic stuff happening here. I just didn't see the "effervescent charm" here RT claimed. I think there are way better Bollywood films out there.
January 24, 2014
Raajay

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The storyline is quite plain & simple, & is served so. The execution is so lame that you'd feel as if you're watching some ordinary love story. I'd rather re-watch Koyla which resembled the plot quite a lot.

I can understand if one person had overlooked this matter of hardly existent & barely appealing plot plus the way of telling it. But how come Hrithik, Rakesh Roshan & Anurag Basu, all 3 of them happened to okay this? It surprises me that Rakesh Roshan chose this project as Hrithik's vehicle to present before international audience. But what surprises me even more is the positive response it got from known international (okay, read "Hollywood" if you want to) critics!!! What did they enjoy in this movie? Okay, it was visually great, but that's it.

Talking about performances, Hrithik's expressions tend to get repetitious after a point, especially when he's with Barbara. Barbara is the best of the lot. She pulls off her part quite well, and has a pleasant screen presence. Kangana is hardly there. Unlike many, I didn't find Nicholas great either.

It's truly disappointing that one of the most awaited films of the year in Bollywood turned out to be a disastrous experience.
June 15, 2010
imrealgod

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Watching this Indian movie Kites, reminds of only one thing, this was like a Bond movie, only in the Indian version.Mostly I am not into Indian movies, but Kites was different it brought a new breeze, the plot maybe usual and cliche and the story was quite melancholic but not excessive.The performances were good and the chemistry perfect. Hrithik Roshan could have been better in some scenes,and Barbara was GORGEOUS and her performance was okay. The director did a great job filming this out India"s conception. There they want some monkey dances and some nonsense romance, with opposition from parents and happy ending. That's why I liked Kites, I think it will take some more years, but they will grow out of it and start making good movies.
July 10, 2010
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A love lost in translation yet found though car -flipping exploding passion.
June 5, 2010
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