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Avatar Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
December 21, 2009
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.
December 21, 2009
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.
December 18, 2009
It's a remote-control movie experience, a high-tech "wish you were here" scribbled on a very expensive postcard.
December 18, 2009
The most-hyped movie of the year just about merits it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2009
Big money, big risk, pretty big reward. That's been his consistent pattern, and it's high time to give credit where credit is overdue: James Cameron delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2009
I have seen the future of movies, and it is Avatar.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
December 18, 2009
Cameron and his legion of CGI experts and skilled craftspeople have delivered a lovely, misty, dangerous world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2009
'Avatar' is a very big, very enjoyable, summertime action film that, much as it covers several actors in computer-generated imagery, drapes new flesh over very old bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 18, 2009
It is cool. But all this "change the way you look at films" hype is just that. While Avatar is impressively seamless, you're never fooled. This doesn't look like a documentary film; it looks like a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2009
Pandora is still a good place to park yourself for three hours.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 18, 2009
Not only does Cameron blur the line between reality and CGI, he's at once jingoistic and anti-hawk. Right-wingers will feel welcomed in the first half, the left-brained will be vindicated by the climax.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
December 18, 2009
Mr. Cameron's singular vision has upped the ante for filmed entertainment, and given us a travelogue unlike any other. I wouldn't want to live on Pandora, mainly because of the bad air, but I'm glad to have paid it a visit.
December 17, 2009
This is the most technically amazing motion picture to have arrived on screens in many years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2009
An ambitious, fully immersive cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2009
James Cameron has turned one man's dream of the movies into a trippy joy ride about the end of life -- our moviegoing life included -- as we know it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2009
Cameron has fared better than most in wedding cutting-edge special effects with ... genre storytelling, but Avatar, his supremely goofy science-fiction/action spectacular, finds him lost in a $250 million aquamarine light show.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 17, 2009
For video gamers and fun-seeking geeks, those puny objections will be flattened beneath the titanic technical achievement.
December 17, 2009
Whatever way you choose to look at it, Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2009
Everyone recites their lines, awkwardly laying out exposition, speaking their clunky dialogue. None of this is supposed to matter, because we're presumably busy marveling at all the money on display.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2009
Above all, Cameron remains committed to the discovering of new worlds at a moment when we seem so certain that everything worth discovering already has been.
December 17, 2009
Watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw King Kong.
December 17, 2009
The genre elements are all there: What critically wounds Avatar is Cameron's inability to write better characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2009
Twelve years after his triumph with Titanic, Cameron has successfully made a digital blockbuster feel as warm as an old-time movie, where blood temperature was more important than pixels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2009
The film vibrates with the excitement of discovery and awe. Not just for the sight of six-legged rhinos and butterfly-hued dragons, but for the thousands of hours of work that unite here in a creative epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2009
You, dear reader, want to know: Is it or is it not stupendously friggin' rad? And the answer is yes. For most of the first hour, a good portion of the second, and even many of the 40 minutes left after that, Avatar is stupendously friggin' rad.
December 16, 2009
Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility -- not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry -- the movie quite simply rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2009
Avatar is an entertainment to be not just seen but absorbed on a molecular level; it's as close to a full-body experience as we'll get until they invent the holo-suits. Cameron aims for sheer wonderment, and he delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2009
For all the grandeur and technical virtuosity of the mythical 3-D universe Cameron labored for years to perfect, his characters are one-dimensional, rarely saying anything unexpected. But for much of the movie, that hardly matters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2009
James Cameron's Avatar is the most beautiful film I've seen in years.
December 16, 2009
As visionary tour guide, Cameron has no equal. Predictable story, clichéd dialogue and logical lapses aside, he's still the man we want leading us into his Pandora's box.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2009
Along with the eye-popping visuals in writer-director James Cameron's sci-fi epic, there's also a lot of eye-rollingly silly stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2009
It extends the possibilities of what movies can do. Cameron's talent may just be as big as his dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2009
It's rarely less than absorbing and never boring over its nearly three-hour length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2009
If only Cameron, who also wrote the script, had spent as much time on the story as he did the effects he uses to tell it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2009
The much-hyped sci-fi actioner Avatar is the perfect showcase for Cameron's strengths...and his flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2009
We're not here for the plot, we're here for the cool-ass CGI/motion capture/movie magic, and for 2 1/2 hours, this movie never disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 16, 2009
Did everything make sense? Nope. And you know what? Who cares! Avatar is thrilling, exciting and, best of all, something new that your eyeballs didn't even know they very much wanted to see.
December 15, 2009
The muscular, coming-atcha visuals trump the movie's camp dialogue and corny conception, but only up to a point.
December 15, 2009
Even if this is old-fashioned storytelling, there's a lot of it -- and it has Cameron's directing DNA in every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2009
It's an impossible but completely plausible and seductive world that invites your total immersion. Don't resist it; sink in and fly with it. All Cameron asks is that you open your eyes.
December 11, 2009
There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 11, 2009
As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2009
If your exhilaration with the (approximate) first half is undercut by an increasingly deflating pffffftttt sound, Cameron nonetheless has delivered the screen's most anticipated and persuasive blend of live-action and motion-capture animation to date.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
A movie whose effects are clearly revolutionary, a spectacle that millions will find adventure in. But it nevertheless feels unsatisfying and somehow lacks the pulse of a truly alive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 10, 2009
The King of the World sets his sights on creating another world entirely in Avatar, and it's very much a place worth visiting.
December 10, 2009
The screen is alive with more action and the soundtrack pops with more robust music than any dozen sci-fi shoot-'em-ups you care to mention.