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December 8, 2015
Cameron's films have often been peppered with religious names, symbols and story elements, and Avatar represents his most explicitly religious film to date.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Avatar showed me something I have never seen before. It reminded me of what movies can do, of what they're capable of, of what the experience of sitting down for three hours in a dark room can really mean.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 3, 2013
This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 3, 2013
Cameron is flexing his creative muscles, but the film never overcomes the nagging feeling that he's also simply going through the motions.
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Piercing the hype, Avatar may not be a "game changer", but I'll be damned if the game didn't just get a hell of a lot more interesting from here on in.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
September 24, 2012
While it wasn't the most original narrative, it serves the film well, even if it was merely a template for Cameron to show us this gorgeous world and its landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 6, 2012
Planet Pandora's plant and animal life is done with a wonder that has been often absent from fiction screens.
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 30, 2011
It's both wildly original and hauntingly familiar, like Dances With Wolves in a galaxy far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It is far too long and the romance is half-hearted. Still, you'd have to travel very far to feel so fully immersed in another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
March 11, 2011
It's good. It should have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 3, 2011
It may not change the world, but it'll certainly provide enjoyment to many millions of people all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
December 28, 2010
As a fantasy epic, Avatar is an undeniable victory ... but outside of the narrow confines of immersion he's managed, it's also quite limited.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 7, 2010
The nature scenes are nothing short of magical in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
R. L. Shaffer
December 4, 2010
Spiritually moving, visually daring and emotionally stirring, Avatar is classic storytelling at its very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 6, 2010
If you ever wondered what a live-action Hayao Miyazaki film would look like, Avatar is a damn good approximation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
You can feel Cameron's anger and his passion every time a Na'vi roars. The most exhilarating moments are those when you can feel the director urging his actors to let go completely, to become furious, and to unleash hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
For all the justifiable knocks on James Cameron's writing, his personal investment in any project is never in doubt. With "Avatar," his passion for pushing the very possibilities of film as a medium pays off. Here's hoping we see him again before 2021.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Anne Thompson
July 7, 2010
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
Read More | Original Score: A
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
If cinema is pure escapism, then Avatar provides the ultimate journey to a world unlike anything seen before it, with a deep spiritual core giving substance to its most impressive display of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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