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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

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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
"[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
"The Last Airbender is swollen with portentous mumbo jumbo and realized in the most simplistic and mundane ways imaginable."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"An amateurish mess."
‑ James O'Ehley, iAfrica.com
"[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
"This is a kid's movie that doesn't seem to realize that it's a kid's movie."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"The Last Airbender is a horrific mish-mash of genres that follows a depressingly large number of dead ends in adapting its source material."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Is it a masterpiece? Oh god no, but... I'm intrigued to see where the next film goes..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"Bad acting, overstuffed exposition and running time far too brief for the amount of plot shoved into it reduce The Last Airbender into parody of a big summer film as Shyamalan manages to hit every single fantasy film pothole."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Kiddie-strength action scenes drag the film down, but the kiss of death is Shyamalan's gratuitous use of earth tones and the general dull, drab look of the film. ... drastically reduces the intensity of the 3-D effects"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The constant references to 'benders' can't help but elicit sniggers from British audiences ... the plotting is stodgy, the dialogue stinks and the acting is wooden."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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