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: December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% 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.

Anne Thompson

Avatar is a joyous celebration of story craft and the visual possibilities of cinema. Cameron had set his sights on taking the technology of film where no one had gone before. And he delivers. Avatar is stunning. Cameron and Peter Jackson's Weta Digital h

Stephanie Zacharek

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

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Overall, Avatar was really about the jaw-dropping visual effects--that's the great thing about it.

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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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Luke Savage

It is, put simply, quite beautiful, and existing in that world for two-and-a-half hours is an experience unlike any other in cinema.

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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.

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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Daniel Mendelsohn
The New York Review of Books

Whatever its futuristic setting, and whatever its debt to the past, Avatar is very much a movie for our time.

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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
Carlos Magalhães
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Emile Tremblay
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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
Red Lats
i liked the mix of actors and CGI. The story is nothing original - evil human miners killing local peace-loving population to harvest some ore - and the lowly… 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