Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 27


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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 none too pleased that his prize got away, and who would rather see her dead than in the arms of another man. Perhaps if J and Natasha can just manage to escape, they can find a place to start over, and begin a new life together.

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Barbara Mori
as Natasha
Hrithik Roshan
as J, Jay Ray
Kangana Ranaut
as Gina, Gina B. Grover
Kabir Bedi
as Bob Grover, Bob
Luce Rains
as Bounty Hunter
Nicholas Brown
as Tony, Tony B. Grover
Clark Sanchez
as Bounty Hunter
Dave Colon
as Mexican Policeman
Yuri Suri
as Jamaal
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Critic Reviews for Kites

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

  • The technically accomplished result is cheesy, engaging but unmemorable 'time-pass'

    Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anil Sinanan

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Roshan anchors the film with a solid, believable performance and a palpable chemistry with his co-star that will remind audiences just how hot a good Bollywood romance can be.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Deliriously entertaining and shamelessly derivative.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Steven Hyden

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The pulp is served thick, with so much sincerely purple passion it's disarming.

    May 26, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kites

  • Jan 24, 2014
    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.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2010
    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.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2010
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    Really enjoyed this one. Beautifully shot, a classic Bonnie & Clyde story with many unique aspects and changes that make it exciting and uniwue as a whole, and an incredible chemistry between the two main characters that I haven't seen in a romantic film for quite sometime. See this in theatres if you can and don't pussy out and watch The Remix version, watch how it was originally intended to be shown.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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