The Last Airbender (2010)



Critic Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.

Movie Info

Suspense auteur M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original screenplays to tell this tale of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. In a world balanced on the four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, people known as the Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders have mastered their native elements. Though the masters can each manipulate their native elements, the only one with the power to … More

Rating: PG (for fantasy action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2010
Box Office: $131.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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as Commander Zhao

as Fire Lord Ozai

as Princess Yue

as Katara's Grandma

as Master Pakku

as Monk Gyatso

as Old Man in Temple

as Zhao's Assistant

as Earthbending Father

as Earthbending Boy

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as Kyoshi Villager

as Fire Nation Soldier

as Teahouse Child

as Nervous Prison Guard

as Kicking Firebender

as Lead Archer

as Water Tribe Soldier

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as Fire Lord Attendant

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Critic Reviews for The Last Airbender

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (39)

There isn't a single convincing performance in the picture, and the badness of the acting is, bizarrely, pretty much in direct proportion to a character's importance.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Austin American-Statesman

The Last Airbender is not just a flop, it's a big-budget flop, and it's a throwback to that grand old genre, the movie that's so bad that it's bad.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014

[A] breathtakingly clueless, misconceived, stupid, humourless, unexciting, dim, dumb farrago, the worst film I've seen in years.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014

A quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Daily Telegraph

Would it be more accurate to call this The Last Shyamalan Movie?

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
IGN Movies

Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for The Last Airbender


Never having seen the tv show i can say this. It was not a bad movie. Wasnt great just interesting. I like fantasy type stuff so this was a good show for me. A pretty unique story thanks to the tv show ive been told. But supposedly the director did not capture it. NOW knowing many people who did watch the show. I hear this was not good. I will try and watch the tv show now to see how bad the movie supposedly was.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Decent visuals do little to save this heavily butchered live-action rendition of the first season of Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Failing to capture the delightful humor and lovely character interactions of the show, M. Night Shyamalan's first tackle at a fantasy epic is hilariously amateurish at best (If you thought he was bad trying to be Rod Serling, then watch him attempt to be George Lucas). Not only is the plot incomprehensible to anybody who hasn't watched the show, but this piece of cinematic trash is filled to the brim with wooden acting (Dev Patel, Shaun Toub, and Aasif Mandvi are the only actors that emerge with any credibility), awkwardly stilted exposition-filled dialogue, thin characterization, and ineptly choreographed action sequences. The plot will have newcomers confused and the strange alterations from it's wonderful source material will anger established fans. My advice: stick to the TV show and forget about this heap of uninspired tripe.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Even as someone who is not familiar with the anime of the same name, you can tell that this has probably little to do with it. The set-up, world-building and idea behind this mythology is great and interesting. There are also a couple of genuinely fun action scenes, especially when the bender work with their elements. The main problem are the characters. Why do the main characters from the ice look Caucasian but everyone around them Inuit? Those two aren't much of actors anyway. Then there is this somewhat flat but often bratty main character. All that makes it hard to care for everything that's going on. The film is still entertaining and offers some nice special effects, gorgeous landscapes and cities. So the result is not as catastrophic as fans of the original may want to make you believe. It's not that great a movie on its own either, though. And the sequel the ending dares to hint at very strongly will probably never happen.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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