03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"The Kite Runner" Movie: "A Compelling And Uplifting Tale"

The Kite Runner soars with emotion and sensitivity.

Khaled Hosseini's epic novel of fathers and sons is capably adapted by director Marc Forster into a moving and evocative film.

Though the book delved more deeply into the culture and changing politics of Afghanistan than the film does, the movie still is powerful and sweeping.

In a way, it works more effectively that the movie is more intimate in scope than the wide-ranging book, with its Dickensian themes of betrayal, shame, honor and redemption.

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