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The Kite Runner

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Marc Forster

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Plot Summary

Amir is a young Afghani from a well-to-do Kabul family; his best friend Hassan is the son of a family servant. Together the two boys form a bond of friendship that breaks tragically on one fateful day, when Amir fails to save his friend from brutal neighborhood bullies. Amir and Hassan become separated, and as first the Soviets and then the Taliban seize control of Afghanistan, Amir and his father escape to the United States to pursue a new life. Years later, Amir – now an accomplished author living in San Francisco – is called back to Kabul to right the wrongs he and his father committed years ago.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 170
  • Fresh: 112
  • Rotten: 58
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If The Kite Runner flies only to flutter and fall a bit, at least it flies for a while. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel. – John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel. – Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Hosseini's over-done melodrama that doesn't so much open our eyes to Afghanistan as reinforce everything negative we've already suspected. – Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Good book; so-so movie

If you have not read the book, then the movie will wreak it for you. Read the book first then watch the movie; trust me you will get the full emotion everyone is talking about. For all of you who have read the book: This movie does not convey the heavy emotion in the book. If you loved the book (it is excellete), then you will not think of the movie as highly as the book. Story side plots plots are missing (Amir and his mother, for example), and the plots that are in the movie do not hold the same emotion as the book does. For example, when Amir and Baba are planting tunips and Amir asks "have you ever thought about getting new servants?," Baba explodes at Amir with extreme rage and fury. In the movie, Baba calmly tells Amir to never ask that again.

Great movie but Sad :(

If you enjoyed the book , you will like the movie as well .

For you, a thousand times over!

The Kite Runner, Which is the most sincere, most moving, most pure, loftiest, the most solid, most with unmatched friendship. (E) -Amir, I'm going to run that blue kite for you! -Hassan! Come back with it! -For you, a thousand times over! (FR) -Amir, je vais récupérer ce cerf-volant bleu pour toi! -Hassan! Rapporte-le! -Pour toi, je le ferais mille fois! (ES) -Amir, voy a buscar esa cometa azul para ti! -¡Hassan! Tráemela de vuelta! -¡Por ti, lo haría mil veces! (CN) -阿密勒,我去把风筝给你追回来! -哈桑!把它带回来! -为了你,哪怕一千次我都愿意!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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