The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender (2010)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

One is bored and stupefied by what seems like an eternity of vacuous spectacle, cod-Buddhist tosh and clunking dialogue.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Alasdair Morton

A poor effort from a director who once promised so much.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Call M. Night Shyamalan a Wood Bender -- this kiddie cast is as flat and stiff as particle board

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest.

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John DeFore
Austin American-Statesman

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.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

[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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Jay Stone

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Never having seen the tv show i can say this. It was not a bad movie. Wasnt great just interesting. I like fantasy type stuff so this was a good show for me. A… More
Jens S.
Even as someone who is not familiar with the anime of the same name, you can tell that this has probably little to do with it. The set-up, world-building and… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It is no surprise that after two atrocities Shyamalan couldn't make something superior, and so, by trying to comprise an entire season of the Nickelodeon… More
Reid Volk
There are few films that I advocate destroying, but sadly this is one of them. Why you ask? Well...I fear that aliens might one day accidentally pick up the… More
Christopher Heim
Decent visuals do little to save this heavily butchered live-action rendition of the first season of Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender".… More
Jacob Ethington
Dear God... You have no idea. Really, you have no idea how bad this movie really is until you watch it. The TV show "Avatar: The Last Airbender"… More