Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

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December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (80)
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Jocelyn J.

Jocelyn Jackson

Ebert gave The Happening three stars, so I'm happy to see that this goes above and beyond that mess. I was already excited, but a lot of the internet interest about this film is pretty deflated and I hope this will bring more people onboard.

His comments about Star Wars gave me goosebumps. I've been waiting for the Star Wars for my generation.

Dec 12 - 10:43 PM

Michael M.

Michael Morse

I don't really get why people would be deflated about this film, near universal acclaim from critics, and a sci-fi/action master at the helm. Maybe some people might be too young to remember what kind of juggernaut films Cameron makes, and how awesome they are in the cinema.

Dec 12 - 11:24 PM

Daniel K.

Daniel K

Ebert I want to trust your review on this. I really do. But after 2012 I'm not so sure if I should.

Dec 13 - 05:19 AM

Vincent C.

Vincent Cloutier

Aw, come on people... One thing that makes Ebert a great reviewer is that he looks if the goal has been reached. 2012 was not made to be a great intelligent movie. It's an Emmerich movie. It laughs at itself, doesn't pretend it is serious. That's just how Ebert described it, saying that considering what that film was meant to be, it was reached. Now if Avatar was giving the same kind of movie, his review would be horrible, because it pretends to be the next best thing. Apparently, considering Ebert and a lot of others, it doesn't lie, like most films by Cameron. This is much more than I was hoping for.

Dec 13 - 09:16 AM


William Figueroa

This is great!

Dec 13 - 09:45 AM


Phil McGroin

But Matthew said this movie was going to be average? I guess Ebert didn't get the memo.

Dec 13 - 10:23 AM


Bob Hope


*logs on*

*goes to RT.com*

hey look avatar


*scroll down to Roger Ebert's review*


*cums buckets*

Dec 13 - 02:14 PM

Bw B.

Bw Blue

ew, I'm so sick of him

Dec 13 - 04:17 PM

Doug a.

Doug a

As someone once said, getting a good review from Roger Ebert is like having a Prostitute flirt with you. I mean, let's be honest. lol Not saying Avatar is "bad," but I have to agree with Andrew and temper my reaction to this review...

Dec 13 - 05:17 PM

P.B. Fluids

James Pesetsky

Ebert likes everything...except moving

Dec 13 - 05:59 PM

mateo .f

mateo fey

"It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult."

Ugh. Sounds like Algore leftielie spew. I was doubtful viewing the trailer, but this clinches it: skip it.

Dec 13 - 10:33 PM

Chris Z.

Chris Zimmerman

Sounds like you the type of person that really needs to see it and perhaps learn something.

Dec 14 - 06:06 AM

David P.

David Parker

Yeah, who needs peace and a healthy planet. Bah

Dec 18 - 05:59 PM


Christopher Greffin

This movie will be amazing. But anything short of a best picture win and the highest worldwide grosser since Titanic and the haters will be saying it's all hype and didn't meet expectations. Seriously the anti Avatar trolls here are beyond rediculous.

Dec 14 - 11:05 AM


Flux Boy

Nice review. I think I might actually see this one in the theaters.

In a few months.

After the throngs of sheeple have thinned a bit.

Dec 14 - 12:12 PM


Chris Towpik


Dec 14 - 01:56 PM



I was surprised at the uniformly high level of enthusiasm Ebert gave the film. Among many of the other fresh reviews there was a bit of tempering of the positives when it came to the plotline and narrative. I was glad to see though that Ebert was able to love this film without falling for the PR that seems to be insisting this movie is a completely original work. I guess his analogy to Star Wars is apt.

Oh and "DeadPooL" is a jackass with a very dull sense of irony to be attacking "nerds" with a screen name like that.

Dec 15 - 10:13 AM


Cory B

The people who say Ebert gives good reviews to just about any film are being delusional. Here are just a few of the films rated fresh that he didn't like:

X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman Returns, Batman and Batman Returns, and Star Trek (which honestly shocked me).

I may not agree with Ebert all the time, but he's an awesome writer and a great critic. Saying "he likes everything" is just a cheap way for the Avatar haters to pass off his review as irrelevent, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Dec 15 - 03:31 PM

Daniel K.

Daniel K

Guys, Ebert is right this time. Armond White just confirmed it! lol

Dec 15 - 09:23 PM

Herschel R.

Herschel Raney

It was after this review that I went straight to the ticket site and nine days ahead (a record for me) purchased three tickets to the IMAX 3D show on an off time for the center seats on the giant IMAX screen. Thanks RE.

Dec 16 - 03:47 PM

Richard H.

Richard Han

Thank you, Mr. Ebert. A lot of your reviews are wise, especially this one, because this movie KICKED ***.

Dec 16 - 11:43 PM


Kunjal Patel

Mr.Ebert is the only Film Critic I respect. I think he understands how people feel most of the times. I am glad he like Avatar. I can't wait to see this film...looks amazing.

Dec 17 - 09:12 AM

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