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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.



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"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.


Zoe Saldana
as Neytiri
Sam Worthington
as Jake Sully
Sigourney Weaver
as Dr. Grace Augustine
Stephen Lang
as Colonel Miles Quaritch
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 Wainfleet
Sean Anthony Moran
as Private Fike
Jason Whyte
as Cryo Vault Med Tech
Scott Lawrence
as Venture Star Crew Chief
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 Gunner
Jacob Tomuri
as Dragon Gunship Navigator
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 (307) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (252) | Rotten (55)

  • In my opinion, Avatar has been hyped beyond the point of forgiveness.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • Avatar is a joyous celebration of story craft and the visual possibilities of cinema. Cameron had set his sights on taking the technology of film where no one had gone before. And he delivers. Avatar is stunning. Cameron and Peter Jackson's Weta Digital h

    Jul 7, 2010 | Rating: A
  • The narrative would be ho-hum without the spectacle. But what spectacle! Avatar is dizzying, enveloping, vertiginous ... I ran out of adjectives an hour into its 161 minutes.

    Dec 21, 2009 | Full Review…
  • I had the feeling coming out of this movie that I haven't felt since maybe I was eleven years old in 1977 and I saw Star Wars for the first time.

    Dec 21, 2009
  • It's a remote-control movie experience, a high-tech "wish you were here" scribbled on a very expensive postcard.

    Dec 18, 2009
  • The most-hyped movie of the year just about merits it.

    Dec 18, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Avatar

  • Nov 21, 2017
    I never liked this movie when it came out, I liked it even less when I watched part of it again on one of those rerun movie channels recently. I'll get the obvious praise out of the way, the visuals were ground breaking and well done. Not a lot of movies have used 3D in the same masterful way that James Cameron managed in Avatar. Past being a visual event, I think this movie does not work. I am aware I am a detractor from the popular opinion, although I am maybe not anymore. This movie was lauded by many people as something akin to Alien or Star Wars, some grand entry into the sci-fi genre. I love the aforementioned films. I generally love science fiction and fantasy. This film did not work for me in the slightest. I think it is also sort of interesting that there are no major Avatar spin offs nearly a decade later, no grand comicon fan fare. Maybe it was not so grand. In the end you'll form your own opinions, this is my why. It does not work for me because it's a warmed over Jesus myth layered over a first nations story. It is barely competent at that. I can't define the Na'Vi except by reference to cliches. They're basically granola hippies meet the old west natives, and not in a flattering way. I understand little about the humans of the future, outside of mega corps and one dimensional army guys. I had to google the name of the planet this movie took place on. My first thought was Pangea, close. I am not sure I ever understood the point of the birds. I am not sure why an outsider in a cyborg suit is the only person who can tame the off color bird. Why does any of this matter? It matters in science fiction. People invented a Klingon language. I wonder what Greedo's people were like, I wonder why there are Vulcans and Romulans. They are all sort of tropes, and rip off certain real life things. Romulans gives it away in the name. To be clear, I do not care enough to learn these things I rattled off, but it's that wonder. The spectacle of good science fiction, for me, is that curiosity. The world, the people, that stand beyond themselves. You learn something about yourself or the real world by reference to that wonder. I couldn't care less about the blue aliens and their Jesus, and I think that is why this film never worked for me. I think all science fiction is a strange project of building a little bit on what we know to create what could be, Avatar never makes it off the ground for me.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    I can say only that I don't like much the movie and his ending and that is only my opinion. Otherwise it's really good made. And there's some logical things that can be shown for reasoning of the story and the last actions or middle a tions in the movie.
    Valeri I Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    If you saw this film in IMAX 3D, then you got the full effect of the film which is why it is the highest grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation). It was the first to film entirely with 3D cameras and got the whole modern "3D fad" going. If you simply saw the movie itself, it comes off as a decent film chalk full of CGI. The action sequences were well done. Zoe Saldana was the stand out of the film as Neytiri, one of the indigenous Na'vi. The story itself, however, has been done before. This film is essentially Dances with Wolves or The Last Samurai just in space/on another planet.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2016
    This is the movie that would end changing the film industry forever. After this movie was released in the cinema, it became incredibly popular to give movies 3D releases, however, they still don't know how to make the 3D look as good as it did in this movie. This is a visual masterpiece and you can thank James Cameron for his persistance and his vision that eventually enabled this masterpiece to be shown on the big screen. The movie has some very good performances, but the best performance is given by Stephen Lang who plays the main antagonist in the movie. He gives so much of himself in this performance and really nails the motivation and the villainous nature that this character needs. The story is, however, a very classic and it's something that we have seen 100 times before. The movie is a visual masterpiece, but the story really lacks something new and my only prayer for the next couple of movies is that Cameron comes up with better and original stories.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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