The Kite Runner Synopsis
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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The terseness of Hosseini's prose has been replaced by the sentimentality of the director's approach.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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Kite...Takes Flight

By gasparm
I am so happy that I went to see The Kite Runner, having never read the bestseller on which it was based, I did'nt have a clue as to what it was about. I originally thought it was a children's...

The Kite Runner

By kdanie2
Very good movie; great storyline, great acting, very moving film...

The Book is more descriptive and an original

By lisacaprelli
I wanted to see The Kite Runner after reading the book (I couldn't put down)while on vacation. Not many books can make me cry or it in my soul; however this one did. It is amazing. The movie is...

The Kite Runner

By jcloizides
I have seen all the Oscar nominated films this year....No Country For Old Men will probably win..but if my heart and soul were voting i would choose this film as the best i've seen in a very long...

The most important story

By Babzuptown
I was somehow unprepared for the power of this movie. I was caught up, like a kite, in the magnitude of the humanity. While I watched much of the film with angst on my face or tears running off my...

Kite Runner

By sashabug
Read the book and then go see the movie! The writers did an amazing job of staying close to the script and i loved. The whole theater was in tears by the end....

The Kite Runner Sustains Its Power

By phoebegirl
Some movies make us reexamine our lives by illuminating the darker forces embedded in human relations. Callousness, shame and regret are among these. Only the unwise person can claim no such...

next year

By Fudgemasterroks
i think nothing!!!...

The Kite Runner

By mmhenze
Total masterpiece....

The Kite Runner

By albech
Absolutely followed the book. Can't understand why the book was number 1 but it hardly made it to the theaters. Wonderful movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For strong thematic material including the sexual assault of a child, violence and brief strong language
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