Movie Review: Kites (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★½☆☆
Box Office: Disaster

kites1The bigger the budget… the bigger the names… the bigger the hype, hoopla and razzmatazz… the bigger the expectations from the film. KITES has some of the biggest names in the business – Rakesh Roshan, Anurag Basu and Hrithik Roshan, to name a few – and the film, therefore, carries this gargantuan responsibility on its shoulders. It has to soar higher than the hits delivered by this trio. Anything less will just not do!

The million dollar question is, does KITES fly high? Let me hit the nail on the head: The film has some terrific moments and of course, Hrithik Roshan’s star power to cast a spell, but it has plenty of low moments. In fact, KITES could’ve been a cult film, but its writing relies too heavily on clichés and formulaic stuff and that, frankly, throws a spanner.


In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun. This is J [Hrithik Roshan], once a street-smart, carefree, young guy and now a wanted man. The only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha [Barbara Mori]. A woman, engaged to another man, but surely destined for J. A woman, who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning and changes it forever.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Flies beyond NRI Diaspora”
3.5 “may not have the repeat value of Hrithik’s previous movies but there is something for everyone and it is probably the nicest commercial film this year. “
Star Box Office
3.0 “It is an ambitiously big-budget Bollywood summer flick”
Hindustan Times
3.0 “It’s not a seminal work. But it’s definitely fun while it lasts.”
3.0 “has style, visuals and Hrithik Roshan as its trump cards, but its content leaves a lot to be desired. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “Watch it with no strings attached and you might like Kites . Otherwise this doesn’t come through with flying colors. “
2.5 “Watch Kites for its kool looks. But don’t expect the popcorn to remain crunchy for long. “
Times Of India
2.5 “you can skip this one without too many regrets.”
Full Hyderabad
2.5 “Very average!”
2.5 “unable to take flight. “
Movie Talkies
2.5 “requires a bit of patience. Watch it without any distractions and you might just about like it.”
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Negative Reviews
2.0 “‘Good looks can deceive’, go at your own risk.”
2.0 “Ultimately, like all frauds, a little bit of beauty makes the ruse easier to swallow.”

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