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Kite Runner

 (12A)
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  Kite Runner Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
5.71 /10
 
Starring
Amir: Khalid Abdalla, Young Amir: Zekiria Ebrahimi
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Directed by: Mark Forster
Written by: David Benioff, from Khaled Hosseiniís novel

 
 
 
Released: 2007
   
Genre: DRAMA
RITES-OF-PASSAGE
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 122
 
 


 
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This is a magnificent film.
(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
Whatever our misfortune, The Kite Runner says, sometimes we are fortunate enough to get a second chance to make amends for a first mistake.
(Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer)
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.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
While the largely unknown cast and subtitled dialogue may present a marketing challenge, they also create a feeling of authenticity in this poignant, intimate epic, which should attract a strong following among discerning audiences.
(Alissa Simon, Variety)
The Afghan boysí kite-flying contests are the emotional core of the film, and Forster and his crew bring the camera into the sky and make it dip and soar along with the kites. Itís a thrilling spectacle, although itís also tinged with a peculiarly emasculating aggression.
(David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
For all the pain and loss that The Kite Runner depicts, it is still a film of exhilarating, redemptive humanity, conveying an enduring sense of hope.
(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
This is a confident and honorable movie - and a gripping one.
(Richard Schickel, Time)
A compelling and uplifting tale that exposes the viewer to an unfamiliar, fascinating culture and a family dynamic that is recognizable and nuanced.
(Claudia Puig, USA Today)
Forster's solid, unpretentious movie hits its marks squarely, and isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. Only a mighty tough viewer could fail to be moved.
(David Ansen, Newsweek)
The rituals of competitive kite flying are a metaphor, as the picture moves satisfyingly from meditation on exile to search-and-rescue thriller. It's deeply moving, though over-emphatic and lacking variation in pace. But there are some unforgettable scenes (most remarkably the stoning to death of a woman adulterer by Taliban thugs under the instruction of a hypocritical mullah at half-time during a football match) and it introduces us to a world beyond the TV news.
(Philip French, Observer)

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