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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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Forster's mix of topicality and sensationalism makes The Kite Runner sentimental, not profound.
(Armond White, New York Press)
The terseness of Hosseini's prose has been replaced by the sentimentality of the director's approach.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
In real life the opportunity to make amends is rare, though the attempt may produce great art. In The Kite Runner, we get neither.
(Ken Fox, TV Guide)
It's okay to be manipulated, so long as you don't feel the strings being pulled. Here the tug is constant, and constantly distracting.
(Keith Phipps, The Onion)
A drama as bland and beige as its tasteful palette.
(Ella Taylor, Village Voice)
What results is a patchy, uncertain motion picture, full of incidents and images but fundamentally unfocused and superficial.
(Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com)
Mr. Forster, who previously directed Monsterís Ball and Finding Neverland, has been soundly defeated by The Kite Runner. Despite the filmís far-flung locations (it was shot primarily in China), there is remarkably little of visual interest here; the setups are banal, and the scenes lack tension, which no amount of editing can provide.
(Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

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