The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some fine performances, The Kite Runner is just shy of rendering the magic of the novel on to the big screen.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Hosseini's over-done melodrama that doesn't so much open our eyes to Afghanistan as reinforce everything negative we've already suspected.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A remarkable story with tremendous human interest, about people we think we've figured out, but about whom we actually know next to nothing.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The Kite Runner is dramatically and visually sumptuous

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Fernando F. Croce

Faked compassion, bland visuals, metaphors dropped like anvils

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Time Out

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

If The Kite Runner flies only to flutter and fall a bit, at least it flies for a while.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a good but not classic movie of a good but not classic novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
The performances make this film, so the actors needed to be right on point, or this film wouldn't have been nearly as good as it is. Marc Forster and… More
Alice Shen
It's rare for an unconditional friendship to not be sappy and cliche. Perhaps it takes the innocence of youth. Perhaps it also takes the cultural… More
Jens S.
This drama adopting a critically acclaimed novel tells the story of two boys growing up in the 1970s in Afghanistan and a tragic event that changes their… More
paul sandberg
Not quite a classic, as there are too many contrived elements, but nonetheless an insightful and often powerful film that lets us inside a land and culture that… More
Edward Boxler
Three word review: Read. The. Book. Longer review: Marc Forster respects Khaled Hosseini's brilliant debut novel, but something does get lost in the… More
Emile Tremblay
Satisfying adaptation of the great novel. Not Marc Forster's best.