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Avatar Reviews

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May 21, 2018
It's one of the most vivid, visceral movies you've ever seen. It's cheesy enough for ten Swiss villages. It's James Cameron delivering an action thrill ride, at the top of his game. It will transform the way you think about movies forever.
September 11, 2017
Overall, Avatar was really about the jaw-dropping visual effects--that's the great thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2017
It is, put simply, quite beautiful, and existing in that world for two-and-a-half hours is an experience unlike any other in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 18, 2017
Whatever its futuristic setting, and whatever its debt to the past, Avatar is very much a movie for our time.
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-
February 3, 2013
This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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
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
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 6, 2012
Planet Pandora's plant and animal life is done with a wonder that has been often absent from fiction screens.
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
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
March 11, 2011
It's good. It should have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
December 7, 2010
The nature scenes are nothing short of magical in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 4, 2010
Spiritually moving, visually daring and emotionally stirring, Avatar is classic storytelling at its very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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+
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
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