The Kite Runner Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
January 3, 2008
The Kite Runner is dramatically and visually sumptuous
December 28, 2007
Perhaps he might have been tougher but that might have rendered the film less digestible.
December 28, 2007
Based on Khaled Hosseini's highly regarded novel, this story of exile, ambition and betrayal has an emotional power that outstrips its occasional implausibilities.
December 28, 2007
The measured mise-en-scne 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.
December 28, 2007
There's something timid and tasteful about the filmmaking which struck me as pretty mendacious, in a story about a blood bond severed by rape and mended, a generation on, by a rather too tidy act of atonement.
December 28, 2007
A workmanlike, if decaffeinated version of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel.
December 28, 2007
An enthralling piece of cinema.
Top Critic
December 28, 2007
The film's belief in the power of redemption and its subtle assertion of the need for moral courage in personal (or political) conflict, is never allowed to get in the way of its boldly told, intelligent, informed and affecting story.
December 21, 2007
A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel.
December 21, 2007
The Kite Runner is earnest and sentimental and formulaic and obvious. Watching it, I could understand the fuss over Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel, but the film didn't make me want to read it.
December 21, 2007
If The Kite Runner flies only to flutter and fall a bit, at least it flies for a while.
December 21, 2007
The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel.
December 20, 2007
This is one of those stories that, on some primal level, goes straight to the heart.
December 20, 2007
By the time it arrives at its final kite-flying scene back in the Bay Area, The Kite Runner has soared occasionally, but remains too grounded for its own good in the book from which it was supposed to spring.
December 20, 2007
[It] boasts one of the best performances by a child actor, ever.
December 20, 2007
Visually arresting, politically controversial, perhaps its greatest virtue is its simple message of making wrong right.
December 18, 2007
Whilst some of the vivid detail in Khalid Hosseini's best-selling novel does get lost in translation, director Marc Forster hits all the emotional high notes.
December 17, 2007
It's a haunting story.
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