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Critic Review - Village Voice

The muscular, coming-atcha visuals trump the movie's camp dialogue and corny conception, but only up to a point.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (77)
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Alpha M.

Alpha Murray

It is so painfully obvious that this review was written without seeing the movie. "cuming-atcha visuals" would be a safe comment for every other 3D movie ever made and a dead givaway that this person never saw Avatar.

Dec 18 - 01:20 PM

Matt L.

Matt Langdon

Alpha M
It's painfully obvious you haven't read much J Hoberman nor read his full review. He liked the first hour. Then it bored him.

Dec 18 - 08:33 PM

D R.

D R

Why is this guy considered a top critic???

Dec 18 - 10:49 PM

T M.

T M

This is not a very good review. I understand why the guy's a top critic, but really this review is garbage. Most of it trashes the movie for being imaginative and other parts go on to tangents.

Dec 19 - 11:16 AM

SAM B.

SAM BAUM

AVATAR IS A GREAT MOVIE AND YOU ARE A HACK. YOU NEED TO BE FIRED. I WILL NEVER READ YOUR REVIEWS AGAIN.

Dec 20 - 12:36 AM

Greg M.

Greg McGarry

Any critic who minimizes the aspect that this is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever produced is obviously trying to bring attention to his/her self or has no right reviewing films. This is one of the best movies I ever seen and will be looked upon as one of the greatest technical achievements in movie history! I can't wait to see it again...

Dec 20 - 08:54 AM

salvador t.

salvador timshel

It is envitable that there are all of these people that dislike the movie. It is these people that make the movie plausible. The same people that will be the future of ignorance and destruction.

Dec 21 - 12:51 AM

Kalinat

Jasmine Kalina

I was disappointed in this movie also. It was such a predictable plot with a lot of holes. I wouldn't give it a ROTTEN, though. I noticed most of the FRESH reviews pretty much said the same: the visuals were amazing, but the story was lacking.

What amazes me is that people get so upset by the negative reviews. Good grief, how does one person's negative review take anything away from you or the movie? There are far more important things you should be getting angry about.

Dec 21 - 12:56 AM

Jonathan W.

Jonathan Weng

I don't think he's even watched the movie. That was in no way corny. Improbable? yes.

This movie could have easily become trash if it were corny but it didn't turn out that way.

Dec 21 - 03:31 AM

Sam S.

Sam Spade

Overall, I'd say this movie is "Blah".
Here come the evil whitemen with guns and ships to take something from locals who don't even have the wheel! Wow- that sounds familiar. Except the locals here in America didn't have horses until we gun-toting whitemen showed up...
"Blast, Blast, Blast!" says the Colonel. It's the Charge of the Light Brigade, without the good storytelling.
So...we're supposed to feel sorry for the technologically supressed indig people who love Mother Earth? Honestly, I felt sorry for myself for having to sit through this "bash the west" tripe.
We even got the "convert" saying she was going to be a martyr for her cause.
The only bright spot was since we didn't see converted Devil Dog open his eyes at the end, I can go to sleep knowing the procedure didn't work (just like it didn't for Ripley) and the Marines will be back in two months with EXTREME firepower and blast all the blue bodies into smithereens.
"There're your f-in' cookies".

Dec 21 - 11:28 AM

gcbari

b. kazee



I'll keep Mr. Hoberman in my 'bookmarks' for being the only one on this site to notice, or have the guts to say, what a banal, derivative (albeit gorgeous) piece of almost three hour crap this is.
Would'a fallen asleep I think, except for it's being so loud...and the popcorn so good.
Flyaway

Dec 22 - 05:18 AM

thegecko

Warren Samu

You know, there were plenty of political figures, governments, and fictional entities embodying military action over diplomacy before the Bush administration came around. But you, like many critics, what to suggest that Bush invented such attitudes and now... anyone one else who implements them in a plot, is ripping off our former president? Comical...

FX and story aside, I think you and many other critics are overlooking one of the key reasons why this film is ground-breaking... and that has to do with it's affect on the Sci-Fi genre http://hubpages.com/hub/Avatar-Review

Dec 23 - 03:36 PM

Sam S.

Sam Spade

Everyone sing... "Have you ever heard a blue Na'Vi sing to the new corn moon? Have you ever flown upon a draaagons wiiiiings?"

Key Ripes! It was Pocahontas in 3-D. Actually, Disney's Pocahontas was more believable. And yes, I am aware they had singing trees in that movie.

Oh and speaking of believable. The humans flew BILLIONS of miles and when they get to the planet, the comment was made "it's the biggest deposit in 200 clicks!" They just traveled over 4 light years and 200 kilometers is TOO FAR to go?
To quote the famous singer Lili Van Shtupp, "Give me a frwiggin bweak!"

Dec 24 - 05:22 AM

Jarret S.

Jarret Smith

Why do people get so sensitive when someone says they don't like Avatar. It's just a movie, people have different expectations, and I will not say I like a movie just to conform to everyone else. This movie is not my kind of movie, but it is very cool to look at. The story is a little boring though. Its an Ok movie. Not amazing though. Im surprised it's gotten an 83%. Just goes to show how movies arent always rated based on its overall quality but only on special effects(Which were awesome)

Jan 3 - 10:04 AM

Jarret S.

Jarret Smith

Why do people get so sensitive when someone says they don't like Avatar. It's just a movie, people have different expectations, and I will not say I like a movie just to conform to everyone else. This movie is not my kind of movie, but it is very cool to look at. The story is a little boring though. Its an Ok movie. Not amazing though. Im surprised it's gotten an 83%. Just goes to show how movies arent always rated based on its overall quality but only on special effects(Which were awesome)

Jan 3 - 10:05 AM

anthrax

genghis ron

You need to get laid.

Jan 5 - 10:19 PM

Suckdeeznutz

James Bond

J. Hoberman you is a real idiot. your review is worthless. Get another job

Jan 9 - 07:34 AM

Allison W.

Allison Weeks

This is the only movie that made three hours feel like thirty minutes. It's probably the best movie ever made and the "corny conception" has an incredibly deep meaning if you only had half a brain to figure it out. Thank you J. Hoberman for your pointless and unhelpful review!

Jan 11 - 02:23 PM

Dillon E.

Dillon Ellis

@ Allison W. - Deep meaning? Anyone who has had a history class or has turned on the news can pick up on the meaning (treat indigenous people well, and treat the env. with respect.) Its really not hard to understand. I agree with J. Hoberman, this movies was full of bad acting and cheesy one-liners that ruin the movie.

Jan 15 - 10:49 PM

george b.

george benwell

The message is hopelessly naive and occurs in a vacuum where there is only a right and a wrong choice. Nothing in our world is that simple and how a wealthy hollywood tycoon could convey such a message is beyond hypocrisy. Do you by any chance live in a city far removed from the place where your basics of life come from?

Jan 21 - 12:23 PM

Maximilian H.

Maximilian Halus

Of course the Village Voice didn't like it. Big surprise!

Jan 16 - 09:51 PM

jan s.

jan sumi

I hated it. I walked out. It took me a long time to stop ranting. When 3D becomes less nouveau flash those who were so easily impressed will hopefully be very embarrassed at what they chose to ignore. The fact that it is such a success is even more depressing than the film itself. Shock & awe - right indeed. It's a war movie with too much war paint, and the script is straight out of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, with a flying Trigger.
I only went in curiousity about the 3D. Imagine the technology used with some of the wonderful nature photography around, underwater creatures abound - far more meaningful and just as glorious. Even LOTR would've been better.
The film began with a preview for the new 3D version of Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'. I wish I'd known - I would have waited for that.
Worse than a waste of time I think the film is destructive. Thank you, Mr. Hoberman, for some sense.

Jan 20 - 01:16 AM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

the comments here are so unbearably stupid. this review makes me laugh. especially the "tender blue-monkey sex" part.

Feb 9 - 04:04 PM

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