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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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It's what Hollywood calls a 'tweener - not quite edgy or artistic enough to satisfy the art-house crowd, but a tough sell for family audiences because of its extensive subtitles, two-hour-plus running time, and a (tastefully rendered) male rape scene.
(Lou Lumenick, New York Post)
The movie doesn't have the heart of the book, but it does have a solid mechanical pump, strong enough at least to keep a robust story on two-hour life support.
(Rick Groen, Globe and Mail)
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.
(Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
The Kite Runner is a house divided against itself. The Marc Forster-directed version of the Khaled Hosseini novel does one part of the story so well that its success underlines what's lacking in what remains.
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
The only reliable source of energy is Homayoun Ershadi, a powerful actor who plays Baba, Amir's Westernized father.
(Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)
While not autobiographical, The Kite Runner feels authentic in its ethnic tensions, even when the narrative itself, with its handily reappearing and easily avenged villain, undermines that authenticity.
(Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
The movieís heart is certainly in the right place - itís a quietly outraged work - but I wish there were more excitement in it from moment to moment.
(David Denby, New Yorker)
A workmanlike, if decaffeinated version of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel... The movie has a slightly melodramatic and weirdly anticlimactic ending, but is absorbing nonetheless.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

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