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In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

Actors: Sam Worthington , Zoe Saldana , Sigourney Weaver , Stephen Lang , Michelle Rodriguez , Giovanni Ribisi , Joel David Moore , CCH Pounder , Wes Studi , Laz Alonso
Directors: James Cameron
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2009-12-18
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  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Nick Starkey

    This is, simply put, one of the most beautiful movies you’ll ever see.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Once again, [Cameron] has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    It's been twelve years since "Titanic," but the King of the World has returned with a flawed but fantastic tour de force that, taken on its merits as a film, especially in two dimensions, warrants four stars. However, if you can wrap a pair of 3D glasses round your peepers, this becomes a transcendent, full-on five-star experience that's the closest we'll ever come to setting foot on a strange new world. Just don't leave it so long next time, eh, Jim?

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Pantheism, Cameronism: In Avatar, what's the diff? Now he's king of a world he made from scratch.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    At the end of a decade defined by much bellyaching about "the death of cinema" (including, on occasion, by this critic), Avatar concludes, appropriately enough, with an image of rebirth.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Glorious and goofy and blissfully deranged.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    A quantum leap in movie magic; watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw "King Kong."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Embrace the movie -- surely the most vivid and persuasive creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures -- as a total sensory, sensuous, sensual experience.

    Time Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Avatar is all-enveloping and transporting, with Cameron & Co.'s years of R&D paying off with a film that, as his work has done before, raises the technical bar and throws down a challenge for the many other filmmakers toiling in the sci-fi/fantasy realm.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie's story may be a little trite, and the big battle at the end between ugly mechanical force and the gorgeous natural world goes on forever, but what a show Cameron puts on! The continuity of dynamized space that he has achieved with 3-D gloriously supports his trippy belief that all living things are one.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's thrilling and lovely and sad and explosive in all the right ways, and it needs to be seen – on the big screen, in 3-D – to be believed.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Rarely less than absorbing and never boring over its nearly three-hour length.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Avatar delivers. 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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Is it a great movie? Maybe not. But it is a great step forward in moviemaking. Shrug it off if that makes you feel better, but starting today you live in a post-Avatar movie world.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If I never felt entirely transported by Avatar, it's probably because the story thudded just as often as the imagery soared. But Pandora is still a good place to park yourself for three hours.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The first 90 minutes of Avatar are pretty terrific - a full-immersion technological wonder with wonders to spare. The other 72 minutes, less and less terrific.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Vast, beautiful and meticulously detailed.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The scenes in Pandora -- a planet with an Earth-like environment -- are so breathtaking that the narrative seems almost beside the point.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    By presenting Avatar in 3-D, Cameron is staking his claim and building a fence around his own precious resource, making it unobtainable on any but his own terms to increasingly emboldened and technologically savvy natives.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Avatar is a king's ransom fairly well spent, not least because Cameron's invitation into his superbly crafted universe comes with an unexpected price: He makes it easy to gaze fondly on all this movie magic, but only in exchange for a hard look at ourselves.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Titanic technical achievement.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Avatar is a technological wonder, 15 years percolating in King Cameron's imagination and inarguably the greatest 3-D cavalry western ever made. Too bad that western is "Dances With Wolves."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Whatever faults Avatar may have -- and there are many -- the movie succeeds in immersing you in a photorealistic, painstakingly detailed world more fully than any science fiction movie before.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The question lingers as the movie comes to its triumphant body-swapping close: Is this a pro-environment parable or a prophecy of virtual realities yet to come? Cameron's new world may very well be a verdant Matrix.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It is a very expensive-looking, very flashy entertainment, albeit one that groans under the weight of clumsy storytelling in the second half and features some of the most godawful dialogue this side of "Attack of the Clones." Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Avatar is a weak patchwork of his other films: the leaden voiceover from "Terminator 2" here, the military/civilian conflict from "Aliens" there, even a Jack-and-Rose-style forbidden love story cued to adult-contempo soundtrack.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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