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Avatar (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 292
Fresh: 243 | Rotten: 49

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.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 7

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.

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"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 desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

Apr 22, 2010

$760.5M

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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.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (16)
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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.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (58)
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It's a remote-control movie experience, a high-tech "wish you were here" scribbled on a very expensive postcard.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (186)
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The most-hyped movie of the year just about merits it.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (6)
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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.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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I have seen the future of movies, and it is Avatar.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (10)
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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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Cameron is flexing his creative muscles, but the film never overcomes the nagging feeling that he's also simply going through the motions.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Piercing the hype, Avatar may not be a "game changer", but I'll be damned if the game didn't just get a hell of a lot more interesting from here on in.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

While it wasn't the most original narrative, it serves the film well, even if it was merely a template for Cameron to show us this gorgeous world and its landscapes.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Planet Pandora's plant and animal life is done with a wonder that has been often absent from fiction screens.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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It's both wildly original and hauntingly familiar, like Dances With Wolves in a galaxy far, far away.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comments (2)
American Profile

It is far too long and the romance is half-hearted. Still, you'd have to travel very far to feel so fully immersed in another world.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It's good. It should have been better.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Comments (4)
Needcoffee.com

It may not change the world, but it'll certainly provide enjoyment to many millions of people all over it.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

As a fantasy epic, Avatar is an undeniable victory ... but outside of the narrow confines of immersion he's managed, it's also quite limited.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The nature scenes are nothing short of magical in this film.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Spiritually moving, visually daring and emotionally stirring, Avatar is classic storytelling at its very best.

December 4, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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"Avatar" looks amazing on Blu-ray. If the plot wasn't so pedestrian, it could have been a great film. Paul Chambers, CNN.

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (37)
CNNRadio

If you ever wondered what a live-action Hayao Miyazaki film would look like, Avatar is a damn good approximation.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comments (9)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

You can feel Cameron's anger and his passion every time a Na'vi roars. The most exhilarating moments are those when you can feel the director urging his actors to let go completely, to become furious, and to unleash hell.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

For all the justifiable knocks on James Cameron's writing, his personal investment in any project is never in doubt. With "Avatar," his passion for pushing the very possibilities of film as a medium pays off. Here's hoping we see him again before 2021.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Comments (3)
Suite101.com

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

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Comments (3)
indieWIRE

If cinema is pure escapism, then Avatar provides the ultimate journey to a world unlike anything seen before it, with a deep spiritual core giving substance to its most impressive display of style.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Avatar

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. the design of the planet, as well as the design of the plant and animal life and the vehicles used by the humans were incredibly impressive. cameron also used color very well. on the other hand, the computer generated characters were far too cartoonish, and the real life characters and computer generated ones didnt blend together quite as well as i had hoped for considering how advanced this film was supposed to be. i would have much rather preferred costumes and make up than the cartoonish look the film had. while the planet looked impressive, david lean made more visually stunning films using actual landscapes rather than artificial ones. the story also had its up and down points. on the one hand the story was engaging enough that even after 160 minutes i could have kept watching if the film were longer. on the other hand, the dialogue was very weak, most elements of the story were completely recycled and unoriginal, and the main antagonist of the film was as cheesy of a villain as we could have received. he was basically a caricature of the villains of the corn ball action flicks of the 80's. the film also relied too much on the demonization of humanity in order to serve its agenda. cameron left the entire human race completely underdeveloped, allowing no conviction to the masses of people on pandora who were far too willing to slaughter innocent natives, and he unfortunately left us completely in the dark as to what earth or contemporary humanity looked like. finally, the film uses a macguffin in the form of "unobtainian", which is a stupid name for the mineral, that is more of a plot hole than a point of interest. its more entertaining than it is interesting and is not without some pretty massive flaws.
June 26, 2014
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James Cameron develops a visionary tale enthralled by its monumental special effects. Avatar is that first step into groundbreaking futuristic CGi and special effects that takes the world by storm. The film's plot and story is acceptable though could be questioning and subliminal, but once again it's the film's dynamic special effects that shrouds its faults. 4.5/5
May 13, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Ambitious and well-produced, Avatar features state-of-the-arts effects, but also features less-than-appealing writing/acting.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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    1. Grace: They're just pissing on us without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain.
    – Submitted by Nathan B (10 months ago)
    1. Jake Sully: It's over Quaritch!
    2. Col. Miles Quaritch: Nothing's over while I'm breathing!
    3. Jake Sully: I kinda hoped you'd say that.
    – Submitted by Chris G (19 months ago)
    1. Col. Miles Quaritch: Everyone on this base, every one of you, is fighting for survival, and that's a fact. There's an aboriginal horde out there massing for an attack. These orbital images tell me that the hostile numbers have gone from a few hundred to well over two thousand in one day. And more are pourin' in. In a week's time, there could be 20,000 of 'em. At that point they will overrun our perimeter. That's not gonna happen. Our only security lies in preemptive attack. We will fight terror with terror. The hostiles believe that this mountain territory is protected by their... deity. And when we destroy it, we will blast a crater in their racial memory so deep, that they won't come within 1,000 klicks of this place ever again. And that too, is a fact.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. Jake Sully: All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
    1. Jake Sully: This is our land!
    – Submitted by Alex K (2 years ago)
    1. Jake Sully: I see you Brother, and thank you. Your spirit goes with Eywa. Your body stays behind to become part of The People.
    – Submitted by Simon D (2 years ago)
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