The Kite Runner
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Spanning from the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign, an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, an unlikely friendship develops between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, a servant to Amir and his father. During a kite-flying tournament, an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever. As an adult haunted by the childhood betrayal, Amir seeks redemption by returning to his war-torn native land to make peace with himself and reconcile his cowardice.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Kite Runner is dramatically and visually sumptuous"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A remarkable story with tremendous human interest, about people we think we've figured out, but about whom we actually know next to nothing."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Entirely too epic for its own good."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"A skilfully made and subtly powerful film, with a disarmingly human protagonist whose efforts seem all the more real, given his weaknesses and the movie's authentic feel."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"If The Kite Runner flies only to flutter and fall a bit, at least it flies for a while."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Faked compassion, bland visuals, metaphors dropped like anvils"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The Kite Runner will no doubt warm the hearts of its intended audience, but its nature is one of dubious flattery."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"...a good but not classic movie of a good but not classic novel."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Es un poco inevitable sentir que la película transcurre casi como un trámite, sin permitirle al espectador una aproximación mucho más sensible a la historia."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The two young boys are definitely the highlight of the film. Their friendship is truly felt, which makes the tragedy that befalls Hassan all the more powerful."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
More reviews for The Kite Runner on Rotten Tomatoes

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