The Last Airbender (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 manipulate all four elements is a young boy known as the Avatar. When the Avatar subsequently appears to die while still mastering his powers, the Fire nation launches a global war with the ultimate goal of global domination. One hundred years later, two teens discover that the Avatar and his flying bison have in fact been locked in suspended animation. Upon being freed from his prison, the Avatar embarks on an arduous quest to restore harmony among the four war-ravaged nations. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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


Dev Patel
as Prince Zuko
Shaun Toub
as Uncle Iroh
Aasif Mandvi
as Commander Zhao
Cliff Curtis
as Fire Lord Ozai
Seychelle Gabriel
as Princess Yue
Katharine Houghton
as Katara's Grandma
Francis Guinan
as Master Pakku
Damon Gupton
as Monk Gyatso
Randall Duk Kim
as Old Man in Temple
John D'Alonzo
as Zhao's Assistant
Keong Sim
as Earthbending Father
Isaac Jin Solstein
as Earthbending Boy
Edmund Ikeda
as Old Man of Kyoshi To...
John Noble
as The Dragon Spirit
Morgan Spector
as Lead Fire Nation Sol...
Karim Sioud
as Fire Nation Prison G...
Manu Narayan
as Fire Nation Head Pri...
Kevin Yamada
as Earth Kingdom Prison...
Ted Oyama
as Kyoshi Villager
Ritesh Rajan
as Fire Nation Soldier
George DeNoto
as Teahouse Child
Manuel Kanian
as Nervous Prison Guard
Christopher Brewster
as Kicking Firebender
Ryan Cyrus Shams
as Lead Archer
Jeffrey Zubernis
as Water Tribe Soldier
Brian D. Johnson
as Water Tribe Soldier
J.W. Cortes
as Fire Lord Attendant
Kevin W. Yamada
as Earth Kingdom Prison...
Ryan Shams
as Lead Archer
Brian Johnson
as Water Tribe Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Last Airbender

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (40)

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


It is no surprise that after two atrocities Shyamalan couldn't make something superior, and so, by trying to comprise an entire season of the Nickelodeon animated series into one single movie, he creates an incomprehensible narrative with pedestrian dialogue and awful acting.

Carlos Magalh„es

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

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