Owen Gleiberman
May 26, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kites

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
130 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/21/10
genre
Romance, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

Kites has one dance number staged in the chop-chop style of a bad ’80s music video, but the latest Bollywood import isn’t a musical. It’s a romantic noir chase thriller made in the violently schlocky spirit of Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway. Jay Ray (Hrithik Roshan), a Vegas hustler who looks like Ryan Gosling crossed with Prince, weds the hot-blooded Mexican Natasha (Bárbara Mori) to get her a green card. They swoon; he must then rescue her from becoming the moll of a casino gangster. The pulp is served thick, with so much sincerely purple passion it’s disarming. B-

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