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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Cameron's $300 million baby is nothing but a 5- and 10-cent snore.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 24, 2009
Breaks technological ground with stunning visuals, but disappoints on story and characters - which still do matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2009
Cameron only cares that his characters are three dimensional visually. And he certainly doesn't care that his story is hackneyed, corny and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2010
...a big, dumb movie built to make money but hardly worthy of serious examination. Avatar isn't only critic-proof, it resists serious criticism. You might as well analyze a beach ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 23, 2009
By the time the big battle rolls around in the last quarter we've had enough of Pandora and the Na'Vi and Avatar, and are ready to take another five-year vacation from James Cameron.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
December 18, 2009
It's impossible to fully consider James Cameron's long-in-the-making eco-opus Avatar without examining the film's technological wonders and storytelling blunders separately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
November 20, 2010
"Avatar" looks amazing on Blu-ray. If the plot wasn't so pedestrian, it could have been a great film. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 10, 2010
Alternates between a slurry of Franz Marc expressionism and the most elaborate Thundercats episode ever made
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 14, 2009
With Avatar, a cinematic revolution doesn't begin so much as proceed into its next phase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
December 24, 2009
And with this, the film decade comes to a disappointing conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
December 18, 2009
Cameron's signature achievement may have been to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the oldest of all Hollywood maxims: all the money in the world is no subsitute for fresh ideas and a solid script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
December 11, 2009
As superbly rendered as his 3D world is, Cameron has populated it with characters who are strictly 2D. And sometimes not even that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
December 17, 2009
Yes, the wonderful CGI effects and sophisticated editing rhythms in these moments represent all that's good about contemporary blockbuster cinema. But the film is compromised by a rather juvenile story exposition. A pity.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
December 22, 2009
Adjectives such as "beautiful" and "breathtaking" have been thrown at Avatar, and they're apt. But I'll throw in a third B: Boring.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 15, 2009
The demand for awe starts to grind the film down after the introductory, new-car-smell period, soon left with only one-dimensional characters making predictable choices while the backgrounds flashdance to stave off dramatic inertia.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
December 19, 2009
And for the epic battle at the end, well let me just say it's as believable as the Ewoks beating the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 17, 2009
One presumes that Cameron missed the irony in making a preachy, anti-technology movie using the most technologically advanced tools available.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 17, 2009
There's just not enough here to make a complete and satisfying movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 24, 2009
In spite of the amazing effects, it's yet another lemon from Cameron...
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2009
Little more than this decade's "The Phantom Menace," both in terms of the intense expectations that it has generated and the shockingly banal ways in which it fails to live up to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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