After many years living in the U.S., an Afghan novelist (Khalid Abdalla) returns to his Taliban-controlled homeland to learn the fate of the son of his murdered friend.
" [It] boasts one of the best performances by a child actor, ever. "
" A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel. "
" By the time it arrives at its final kite-flying scene back in the Bay Area, The Kite Runner has soared occasionally, but remains too grounded for its own good in the book from which it was supposed to spring. "
" If The Kite Runner flies only to flutter and fall a bit, at least it flies for a while. "
" It's a haunting story. "
" It's the childhood scenes, and the truthfulness of the boys' performances, that you remember. "
" 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. "
" The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel. "
" The Kite Runner is a compelling and uplifting tale that exposes the viewer to an unfamiliar, fascinating culture and a family dynamic that is recognizable and nuanced. "
" The Kite Runner is dramatically and visually sumptuous "
" This is one of those stories that, on some primal level, goes straight to the heart. "
" Visually arresting, politically controversial, perhaps its greatest virtue is its simple message of making wrong right. "
" In a movie about a storyteller (Amir as an adult in America is played by Khalid Abdalla) the storytelling pace moves between deliberate and sluggish. "
" The Kite Runner has become that most unfortunate of awards-season Hollywood casualties: a worthy bore. "
" 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. "
" There's a lethargy and a reverence about this film that seem misplaced, as though Forster and screenwriter David Benioff thought they were adapting a sacred text and forgot they were making drama. "
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