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"Kites" is a compelling romantic saga that goes beyond barriers, boundaries and cultures. It is a story of passion that defies every rule, of a relationship that takes two lovers on a thrilling journey filled with precious moments -- and unexpected betrayal.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"It's a film that proves the concept "overwrought" is the same in every language."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"a straight-to-video tale that somehow mysteriously managed to find its way to the silver screen."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical
"A lush, lavish Bollywood-meets-Hollywood fantasy, available for viewing in both a shorter and longer version, courtesy of Brett Ratner."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Director Basu also has a tendency to backlight scenes, giving them epic, otherworldly glows that become all the more distracting with their increasing predictability."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"To anyone versed in Bollywood conventions, it's a natural outgrowth of the genre, and a comically overwrought but still generally fun time."
‑ Steven Hyden, AV Club
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"By the third act, you find the characters and story growing on you and the romance, despite the histrionics, moving."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"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."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The pulp is served thick, with so much sincerely purple passion it's disarming."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Kites morphs into an action picture, complete with unfathomable chase scenes and a Thelma & Louise ending that is laugh-out-loud hilarious."
‑ Manuel Mendoza, Dallas Morning News
"Often terrible, yet completely engrossing film from Indian director Anurag Basu."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Kites is, essentially, a love story. With exploding cars."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"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."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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