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The Kite Runner Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 13, 2007
Armed with a capably hands-off screenplay by David Benioff, [Forster] made a drama as bland and beige as its tasteful palette, whose pacing wouldn't look out of place in the Sunday-night slot on PBS.
December 12, 2007
The pacing is lugubrious, the performances unremarkable, and the movie itself mostly disposable.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2007
The Kite Runner feels authentic in its ethnic tensions, even when the narrative itself, with its handily reappearing and easily avenged villain, undermines that authenticity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2007
In a movie about a storyteller (Amir as an adult in America is played by Khalid Abdalla) the storytelling pace moves between deliberate and sluggish.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Faked compassion, bland visuals, metaphors dropped like anvils
Chris Barsanti
December 13, 2007
relies heavily on gimmicky turns in the action leading toward teary crescendos
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 17, 2007
The type of film one would expect from Marc Forster -- banal, trite and apt to ramrod simplistic symbolism down viewers' throats.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kam Williams
December 12, 2007
Read the novel. Or better yet, go fly a kite!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
December 13, 2007
It's the kind of film whose major accomplishment is to make you think, 'Wow, the book is probably really good. I should have stayed home and read it.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
Entirely too epic for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bill Gibron
December 28, 2007
It would take a viewer with the aesthetic skills of an Olympian to overcome the horrendous hurdles placed in entertainment's way by this well-meaning but misguided adaptation of the famed bestseller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 13, 2007
Mr. Forster has been soundly defeated by The Kite Runner. Despite the film's far-flung locations, there is remarkably little of visual interest here; the setups are banal, and the scenes lack tension, which no amount of editing can provide.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 20, 2007
Everything good about the book has been removed from the film, and everything trite and unconvincing in the book has been left as the core of the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rob Gonsalves
December 14, 2007
...comes off as the simplistic Oprah-approved gush it always was...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
December 1, 2007
Stories of unethical treatment of its child actors by the filmmakers has tarnished The Kite Runner as a film made of the same brand of hubris that its lead character carries for most of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 13, 2007
Yet another coming-of-age story, with complex emotions and developments distilled into simplistic cliches; it's as middle-of-the-road as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 28, 2007
The measured mise-en-scène is fine for the boyhood scenes. Character-building alternates with brief bursts of image music, such as the kite-flying contest that fills the Kabul sky with darting, colourful fabric-birds.
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+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
Forster na synehizei na psahnei ti Hora toy Pote stin paramythenia Kampoyl toy protoy meroys, prin perasei sto deytero kommati tis istorias, opoy i prospatheia toy Afganoy metanasti na brei thesi sto Neo Kosmo kai bima na pei tis istories toy, ginetai syn
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 15, 2007
Dolefully faithful to its source in the broad strokes, almost none of the book's cultural engagement sneaks through.
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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December 14, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
January 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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