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  • Summary: In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a mortally wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is J. Once a street smart, carefree young guy. Now, a wanted man. The only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha. A woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined for J. A woman who comes into his life like a bolt of ligtning and changes it forever. Kites is a story of love that goes beyond barriers, boundaries and cultures. It is a story of passion that defies every rule, of a relationship that takes two lovers on a thrilling journey filled with precious moments- and unexpected betrayal. (Reliance Big Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody -- and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    The deliriously entertaining and shamelessly derivative Hindi Kites owes more to Hollywood than Bollywood, though director Anurag Basu borrows plenty from both, aiming to give Indian song-and-dance pics the same sort of crossover success "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" did for Asian martial-arts movies.
  3. It tells a simple story - an almost archetypal story - but it does so with a lot of passion and technical sophistication.
  4. 67
    The results are too often ridiculously excessive--Kites generally reads like the Jerry Bruckheimer version of "Slumdog Millionaire"--but to anyone versed in Bollywood conventions, it’s a natural outgrowth of the genre, and a comically overwrought but still generally fun time.
  5. Melodrama, romance and action are cheerfully jumbled together, so as long as you're ready to embrace the excess of swoony sentimentality, you'll get more than your money's worth.
  6. Cribbing from countless Tinseltown efforts, this music-video-cum-perfume-ad is awash in excessively melodramatic flashbacks, car chases and references to the domestic illegal-immigration debate.
  7. The story is so meandering and unbelievable that Westerners are still likely to roll their eyes. I have no idea what Indian audiences will make of Kites. The film is rousing, but it does not soar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. sushilk.
    May 21, 2010
    Great performances by lead actors.
  2. RaaR.
    May 21, 2010
    Movie is tooo good. Hrithik rockszzz.
  3. AmitV.
    May 23, 2010
    Cool Movie.. Hrithik's Dance is amazing. Barbara acts the emotions brilliantly. Overall a satisfying experience.
  4. JimM
    May 24, 2010
    Its a good movie, with good combination of things. Proper ratio of things makes this good movie, a full entertainment.
  5. AasimS
    Jun 9, 2010
    The ending was completely pathetic and disappointing and it ruins everything the movie was building up to.