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Avatar (2009)

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

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The effects of Avatar are certainly something to see, especially on an Imax screen the size of an upended football field. But it's difficult to tell if the game has really been changed or not.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's baggy, longwinded and, for all the light-speed imagery, just not quick on its feet. Cameron used to be the tautest film-maker around, but he just got slack.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • An ambitious, fully immersive cinematic experience.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The muscular, coming-atcha visuals trump the movie's camp dialogue and corny conception, but only up to a point.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Cameron and his legion of CGI experts and skilled craftspeople have delivered a lovely, misty, dangerous world.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • '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.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • James Cameron's Avatar is the most beautiful film I've seen in years.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw King Kong.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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