100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like "House of Sand and Fog" and "Man Push Cart," it helps us to understand that the newcomers among us come from somewhere and are somebody.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Whatever our misfortune, The Kite Runner says, sometimes we are fortunate enough to get a second chance to make amends for a first mistake.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
At times brutal, at times touching, the movie stands out as one of the better "prestige" productions offered for cinematic consumption during the waning weeks of 2007.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Both boys give such heart-rending performances that fear of reprisals for participating in the scene persuaded the studio to postpone the film's release to give them time to leave Kabul.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In making a movie about the hot mess of Afghan history, a sense of reserve turns out to be a useful tool for peace.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A compelling and uplifting tale that exposes the viewer to an unfamiliar, fascinating culture and a family dynamic that is recognizable and nuanced.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
I'm of two minds about this. A movie that held on to all the breathless tearjerkery of the novel would probably have to star Bette Davis as Amir, but as amended by Forster the story is now touching and somewhat dull.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is an eye-opening story that doesn't quite hold together as a movie, but it deals with honor in men's lives in ways rare to mainstream film.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The terseness of Hosseini's prose has been replaced by the sentimentality of the director's approach.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The only reliable source of energy is Homayoun Ershadi, a powerful actor who plays Baba, Amir's Westernized father.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.