The Last Airbender
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Suspense auteur M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original screenplays to tell this tale of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. In a world balanced on the four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, people known as the Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders have mastered their native elements. Though the masters can each manipulate their native elements, the only one with the power to manipulate all four elements is a young boy known as the Avatar. When the Avatar subsequently appears to… More
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"One is bored and stupefied by what seems like an eternity of vacuous spectacle, cod-Buddhist tosh and clunking dialogue."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There isn't a single convincing performance in the picture, and the badness of the acting is, bizarrely, pretty much in direct proportion to a character's importance."
‑ John DeFore, Austin American-Statesman
"A quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Writer/director M Night Shyamalan's once glorious reputation is tarnished further by this tediously juvenile fantasy adventure."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"[T]he film works so hard to explain its plot developments that it scarcely has any time left over to dramatize them. Exposition has not merely vanquished mimesis, it has burned its homes to the ground and sown salt in its fields."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"M. Night Shyamalan's big-screen live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series constitutes a form of Chinese water torture in which tin-ear line-readings take the place of drips."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The Last Airbender is not just a flop, it's a big-budget flop, and it's a throwback to that grand old genre, the movie that's so bad that it's bad."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"Would it be more accurate to call this The Last Shyamalan Movie?"
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
"There's no third-act twist because we never get out of the first act."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stilted dialogue, wooden acting, glacial pacing, cheesy special effects, tacky-looking sets, ugly costumes, poorly staged and edited action sequences, all shown in murky, cut-rate 3-D."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Please, Hollywood, if there's to be another Airbender movie, hand the job to some efficient hack, and not to a once mesmerizing artist who's lost his way."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"[A] breathtakingly clueless, misconceived, stupid, humourless, unexciting, dim, dumb farrago, the worst film I've seen in years."
‑ John Walsh, Independent
"Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices."
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"[Shyamalan] works so much better with stories that are slower in development, where the atmosphere and tone drive the film, and where you're never quite sure what's going on (though not in the sense where you're completely confused, like this film)."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
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