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Avatar (2009)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

"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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Cameron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2010
Box Office: $760.5M
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Zoe Saldana
as Neytiri
Sam Worthington
as Jake Sully
Sigourney Weaver
as Dr. Grace Augustine
Stephen Lang
as Colonel Miles Quarit...
Michelle Rodriguez
as Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi
as Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore
as Norm Spellman
Wes Studi
as Eytukan
Laz Alonso
as Tsu 'tey
Dileep Rao
as Dr. Max Patel
Matt Gerald
as Corporal Lyle Wainfl...
Sean Anthony Moran
as Private Fike
Jason Whyte
as Cryo Vault Med Tech
Scott Lawrence
as Venture Star Crew Ch...
Kelly Kilgour
as Lock Up Trooper
James Pitt
as Shuttle Pilot
Sean Patrick Murphy
as Shuttle Co-Pilot
Peter Michael Dillon
as Shuttle Crew Chief
Kevin Dorman
as Tractor Operator
Kelson Henderson
as Dragon Gunship Pilot
David Van Horn
as Dragon Gunship Gunne...
Jacob Tomuri
as Dragon Gunship Navig...
Jon Curry
as Suit #2
Julene Renee
as Ambient Room Tech
Luke Hawker
as Ambient Room Tech
Woody Schultz
as Ambient Room Tech
Peter Mensah
as Horse Clan Leader
Sonia Yee
as Link Room Tech
Jahnel Curfman
as Basketball Avatar
Ilram Choi
as Basketball Avatar
Kyla Warren
as Na'vi Child
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Critic Reviews for Avatar

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (48)

Cameron's films have often been peppered with religious names, symbols and story elements, and Avatar represents his most explicitly religious film to date.

Full Review… | December 8, 2015

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

Audience Reviews for Avatar

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 the eyes. If your going to spend 400 million on a movie this is the way to do it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The technical aspects are really impressive, quite exceptional indeed, and the plot may not be too original or clever but is mostly engaging and thought-provoking, with many welcome details about the fascinating world of Pandora and its humanoid race Na'vi.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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