80

Variety

The deliriously entertaining and shamelessly derivative Hindi Kites owes more to Hollywood than Bollywood, though director Anurag Basu borrows plenty from both, aiming to give Indian song-and-dance pics the same sort of crossover success "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" did for Asian martial-arts movies.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody -- and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It tells a simple story - an almost archetypal story - but it does so with a lot of passion and technical sophistication.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

What makes the movie pop is a standout performance by Roshan, one of Indian cinema's treasures.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a romantic noir chase thriller made in the violently schlocky spirit of Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway."
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

Bolly-Holly-Tele-Novella heaven, in three languages.
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60

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Cribbing from countless Tinseltown efforts, this music-video-cum-perfume-ad is awash in excessively melodramatic flashbacks, car chases and references to the domestic illegal-immigration debate.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Melodrama, romance and action are cheerfully jumbled together, so as long as you're ready to embrace the excess of swoony sentimentality, you'll get more than your money's worth.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Tonally, the film from director Anurag Basu has more personalities than Sybil. Basu strictly observes the B-movie convention of giving the audience an embrace, explosion, or chase sequence at regular intervals. If you don't like the genre, wait three minutes.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The story is so meandering and unbelievable that Westerners are still likely to roll their eyes. I have no idea what Indian audiences will make of Kites. The film is rousing, but it does not soar.
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62 out of 100
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