Avatar (2009)

"Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The narrative would be ho-hum without the spectacle. But what spectacle! Avatar is dizzying, enveloping, vertiginous ... I ran out of adjectives an hour into its 161 minutes.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

The most-hyped movie of the year just about merits it.

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Peter T. Chattaway

Cameron's films have often been peppered with religious names, symbols and story elements, and Avatar represents his most explicitly religious film to date.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

I had the feeling coming out of this movie that I haven't felt since maybe I was eleven years old in 1977 and I saw Star Wars for the first time.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Big money, big risk, pretty big reward. That's been his consistent pattern, and it's high time to give credit where credit is overdue: James Cameron delivers.

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Will Leitch

Avatar showed me something I have never seen before. It reminded me of what movies can do, of what they're capable of, of what the experience of sitting down for three hours in a dark room can really mean.

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Stephanie Zacharek

It's a remote-control movie experience, a high-tech "wish you were here" scribbled on a very expensive postcard.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

I have seen the future of movies, and it is Avatar.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Cameron's $300 million baby is nothing but a 5- and 10-cent snore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Visually stunning , amazing on the IMAX 3d screen. As many have said the story isnt anything new but it does not have to be. This was an incredible feast for… More
Eugene Bernabe
James Cameron develops a visionary tale enthralled by its monumental special effects. Avatar is that first step into groundbreaking futuristic CGi and special… More
Carlos Magalhães
The technical aspects are really impressive, quite exceptional indeed, and the plot may not be too original or clever but is mostly engaging and… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Ambitious and well-produced, Avatar features state-of-the-arts effects, but also features less-than-appealing writing/acting.
danny d
many of the things that i loved about this film are the exact things that caused my discontent. to begin with, much of the visuals were obviously astounding.… More
Daniel Mumby
James Cameron was once regarded as the thinking man's action director. Along with Paul Verhoeven, he was the man you could turn to if you wanted to argue… More