The Last Airbender keeps throwing things at you, but its ultimate effect is, in every way, flat.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The long-winded explanations and clumsy performances are made worse by graceless effects and a last-minute 3-D conversion that wrecks whatever visual grace or beauty might have been there.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
It gets real old real fast.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The Last Airbender is dreadful, an incomprehensible fantasy-action epic that makes the 2007 film The Golden Compass, a similarly botched adaptation of a beloved property from another medium, look like a four-star classic.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
This is one muddled attempt at franchise-making: confusing, drab, sluggish. (Ugly, too, if you're forced to see it in 3-D.)
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
If you thought it was bad when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was channeling Rod Serling, wait till you see him try to be George Lucas.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
M. Night Shyamalan's big-screen live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series constitutes a form of Chinese water torture in which tin-ear line-readings take the place of drips.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
All the while, Shyamalan creates an ever-growing sense of 'Who cares where we are; when will this be over?'
Mary F. Pols - MSN Movies
The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Not since Kyle MacLachlan's whispered voice-overs about the worm and the spice and the worm IS the spice in Dune has a fantasy franchise tripped all over itself trying, simply, to please a fan base while creating a new one.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
Shyamalan compresses a ton of plot exposition in every line and the resulting heavyosity is too much for the younger actors to carry.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The Last Airbender is one of the most visually luscious and exhilarating entertainments I have seen this year, full of giddy fireworks and kinetic pleasure.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Stiff, fuzzy-looking, cloddish and disastrous in nearly every way, The Last Airbender looks as if it could have been made by the spoiled son of a studio mogul willing to waste gobs of money.
Tom Long - Detroit News
While the special effects are impressive enough, M. Night Shyamalan's film doesn't make a lick of sense.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action Avatar adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with wire-fu, rather than this cartoony nonsense.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Stilted dialogue, wooden acting, glacial pacing, cheesy special effects, tacky-looking sets, ugly costumes, poorly staged and edited action sequences, all shown in murky, cut-rate 3-D.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This colossal folly, the fiasco of the summer of 2010 - gives us all a ringside seat at the sight of Mr. "I See Dead People's" career gurgling down the drain.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Even 3-D technology can't inject a much-needed extra dimension to The Last Airbender.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
The puzzle of Shyamalan's racial casting soon becomes secondary to a much more pressing concern -- trying to follow the cluttered story.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
I can see why Shyamalan was attracted to this material, but the results are clunky even by his recent standards.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The Last Airbender is a joyless, soulless, muddled mess, but the worst part of all doesn't come until the very end. That's when it makes the clear suggestion that two more such movies are in store for us.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Please, Hollywood, if there's to be another Airbender movie, hand the job to some efficient hack, and not to a once mesmerizing artist who's lost his way.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
By specifically critical and broadly adult standards, this film is undoubtedly a disappointment, but it is disappointing in a way that its intended audience may not notice.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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.
John DeFore - 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.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
[A] breathtakingly clueless, misconceived, stupid, humourless, unexciting, dim, dumb farrago, the worst film I've seen in years.
John Walsh - Independent
A quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Would it be more accurate to call this The Last Shyamalan Movie?
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Writer/director M Night Shyamalan's once glorious reputation is tarnished further by this tediously juvenile fantasy adventure.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
There's no third-act twist because we never get out of the first act.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
[Shyamalan] works so much better with stories that are slower in development, where the atmosphere and tone drive the film, and where you're never quite sure what's going on (though not in the sense where you're completely confused, like this film).
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
This is a kid's movie that doesn't seem to realize that it's a kid's movie.
Dave White - Movies.com
The Last Airbender is swollen with portentous mumbo jumbo and realized in the most simplistic and mundane ways imaginable.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The Last Airbender is a horrific mish-mash of genres that follows a depressingly large number of dead ends in adapting its source material.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Kiddie-strength action scenes drag the film down, but the kiss of death is Shyamalan's gratuitous use of earth tones and the general dull, drab look of the film. ... drastically reduces the intensity of the 3-D effects
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
An amateurish mess.
James O'Ehley - iAfrica.com
Is it a masterpiece? Oh god no, but... I'm intrigued to see where the next film goes...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The constant references to 'benders' can't help but elicit sniggers from British audiences ... the plotting is stodgy, the dialogue stinks and the acting is wooden.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
As far as children's entertainment goes (and it is children's entertainment), it could be a lot worse.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The film is an unmitigated disaster, a putrid patchwork of the original series stitched together by wretched performances, bad creative decisions and a story that's all exposition, no depth.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Mere words can barely describe the sheer inanity on display.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's a nice movie to look at, as long as you ignore the characters, plot, and action.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
It seems as if a good film could be made out of The Last Airbender's tale. But this is not that film.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The characters are completely uninvolving, the narrative incomprehensible for the most part, and the performances seem to reflect the bewilderment of the plot.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Why do the water tribe have so much difficulty defeating their fire opponents when the battle takes place on the ocean?
Andreas Heinemann - Flicks.co.nz
Unspeakably bad dialogue delivered by excruciatingly bad actors in a plot so illogical and stupid it kills unicorns.
Marc Fennell - Channel 10 Australia
Shyamalan tells the story like a syndicated news journalist, reporting events with detached direction and lifeless, plot-driven screenwriting.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The worst part is undoubtedly the script, which clunks and groans all the way under the weight of it's own exposition - tragically and unforgivably, it fails to tell a good story.
Matt Neal - The Standard
The mythology of the series doesn't translate well to the demands of concise big screen storytelling.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
It is in writer/director Shyamalan's dialogue that the film grinds to a halt. His words have grown increasingly pompous and stilted since his concise, crisp, Oscar-nominated script for The Sixth Sense.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
This empty, misfired epic from M. Night Shyamalan is boring and strengthens the claim that he is the worst director working in mainstream cinema today.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
If sleep is a hard thing to come by, then a dose of M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender is just the cure for you.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Being a Shyamalan film, the entire cast (which also includes Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel as an exiled Fire Prince) recite their looney-tunes lines as if they have been drugged, then hypnotised, then drugged again.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A big ol' mess of atrocious acting and terrible scripting, The Last Airbender is a definite nominee for worst film of 2010.
Beth Wilson - Trespass
With poorly executed action, wooden acting and a dead script, this fantasy film is a strong contender for a Razzie.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Parents may be less easily pleased, finding the film a tad dull and lifeless, for all its elements.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Shyamalan has written a muddled, confusing script and directed it badly
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
$150,000,000 well wasted. The Last Airbender is an insult to those wanting sophisticated, entertaining or even competent cinema.
Michael Leader - Film4
Even pre-teens will have to endure the fragmented plot lines, stilted acting, and an absence of humor.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
How did Shyamalan get it so wrong?
David Sexton - This is London
Some of the worst acting, action and dialogue you'll endure this year.
Neil Smith - Total Film
The dialogue is tin-eared in the extreme, the 3D is used in a strictly tokenistic fashion and the absolute lack of a sense of irony or humour makes the more solemn scenes all the more laughable.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days.
Please let it be the last Shyamalan.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
[A] slice of self-important nonsense that's actually pretty funny, although probably not in the way Shyamalan planned.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Airbender's final insult is the unmistakable stench of a sequel that's left to linger in its wake.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Some of the performances are wooden, creating repeated moments of unintentional hilarity that cut through the dramatic tension.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The first part of a planned trilogy, Shyamalan says the sequel will be darker. Just better would be a start.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Far from the catastrophe the US bewailed, but still disappointingly clunky.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
One is bored and stupefied by what seems like an eternity of vacuous spectacle, cod-Buddhist tosh and clunking dialogue.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
I swiftly became bored with a repetitive and laboured film devoid of drama, tension or real emotion.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
When nothing you believe or believe in is at stake, your plot-receptor mechanisms close down.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Robbie Collin - News of the World
A movie that's as thick as the earth, as enraging as fire, and about as watery and windy as a giant cinematic wet fart.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
A dodgy script, ropey performances, atrocious 3D effects and a tendency to take itself too seriously...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A derivative and lifeless 'heroes journey' tale layered up with Eastern mysticism.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
...a tremendously disappointing effort from a once rock-solid filmmaker.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Last Airbender completes writer/co-producer/director M. Night Shyamalan's fall from grace; once regarded as the most exciting talent in film, he now sits pretty as the laughing stock of Hollywood.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Shyamalan has been working in cinema for more than a decade now, but none of his films are nearly as disastrous as this. It's his final plea to get his name back in Hollywood, and I don't think anyone will hear it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I can't even tell you what this movie is about. How many more chances are we going to give this guy?
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
I can accurately and completely review The Last Airbender by quoting my ten-year-old daughter's own thoughts on the movie: "They messed up everything."
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
The story isn't the bad part of The Last Airbender - in fact, it's the best part... The bad part is almost everything else.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The Last Airbender blatantly sets the stage for a sequel. Unfortunately, this awful film's huge box office receipts may make a sequel reality.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
An Elemental Disaster.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Sadly, M. Night Shyamalan has not regained what he lost three films ago. His films are truly bad.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
If the 11th-hour addition of 3-D to M. Night Shyamalan's odious live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's beloved anime-influenced cartoon series doesn't make your head hurt, the excess of narration and intertitles surely will.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
The time has come to admit that he [Shyamalan] got lucky with Sixth Sense and we overrated his talent.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
a vast and largely joyless--at times leaden--epic
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Even with fairly good special effects the movie is boring; let's hope the indicated sequel(s) doesn't see the light of day.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It is no surprise to me it is doing a better business at the box office than most experts anticipated.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
I need 'Unbreakable' to be M. Night Shyamalan's trilogy. Not this lifeless fantasy.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Controversial casting aside, could The Last Airbender ever have been a good movie? Not at all; it's a listless, incompetent, boring mess that insults the comprehension of even the youngest child in the audience.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
The conversion process truly needed here was not to add 3-D to the images, but to add depth to characters and a story that barely qualify as one-dimensional.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
The Last Shyamalan.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
My disappointment with this 'PG' fantasy relates to its ponderous nature and lack of any comic relief.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's difficult to ascertain whether this poorly executed picture will earn enough to warrant its planned sequels or not even make enough to allow Shyamalan to Super-Size his next fast-food order.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Gorgeous imagery.Beautifully wrought special effects. Fantasy fun for all ages.I'm talking , of course, about 'The Last Airbender' website.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The film ends with a set-up for a sequel, which those unfortunate enough to endure this torturous mess can only hope never occurs.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
In a mediocre summer season, we now have the first bonafide stinker -- a supposed fantasy adventure that has all the magic and mystery of a bologna sandwich.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Sadly, it seems that Shyamalan is channeling George Lucas et al from The Phantom Menace... and said, 'Hey, let's do that with this movie!'
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Call M. Night Shyamalan a Wood Bender -- this kiddie cast is as flat and stiff as particle board
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
"Battlefield Earth" has a new rival for the title of "worst-film-of-the-last-20-years."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A boring, nauseating blockbuster filled with poor editing, painfully wooden acting, unrelenting dullness, and unimpressive special effects. It's so bad that it's gone past good and back to bad again.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The trunk of my car is filled with busted 3D glasses and broken dreams of summer movie bliss. But that's not as bad as what's in the trunk of a Paramount Pictures bigwig: A bound and gagged Shyamalan, who's about to have $150 million beat from him.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
[T]he film works so hard to explain its plot developments that it scarcely has any time left over to dramatize them. Exposition has not merely vanquished mimesis, it has burned its homes to the ground and sown salt in its fields.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Stick a fork in M. Night Shyamalan. He's done as a director of consequence after The Last Airbender. Sad.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The prospect of sequels to this lumpish and leaden action-adventure is nothing to cheer about.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Fantasy works best off linear narrative clarity, while many scene transitions whirl like air in the hands of Aang. Yet, Night ignites the separate moments with visual magic worthy of his mythology.
Matthew Sorrento - Bright Lights Film Journal
To keep us from noticing the goofiness, Shyamalan goes full-speed in the opposite direction, treating everything with great solemnity and soberness. The result? It just seems MORE silly.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The film, which is a live-action adaptation of a Nickelodeon Asian-anime-influenced cartoon series, is supposed to be the start of a new movie franchise. Forget about it.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Hopefully they mean it when they say this is The Last Airbender. It's the last time I ever want to see anyone 'bending' anything.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
I am truly sorry to say that this movie is a big, dull, dud and a failure in almost every category.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
would be blissfully forgettable if it weren't so blazingly incompetent
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Everything about this film is so mind-bogglingly stupid, I barely know where to begin!
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
M. Night Shyamalan tries to bend the laws of quality cinema to suit his his shlocky ambitions.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Can we please just stop with the 3D conversions? Shymalan delivers visually amazing action sequences but the film suffers from terrible dialogue and horrible acting.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
There are long expository speeches, which the young, inexperienced actors recite by rote, and the entire concept is filled with incoherent inconsistency.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
An exotic 3D battle of the boys blockbuster, teeming with dazzling, exotic imagery. Though a bit on the wet side as drenched seafaring adversaries and awful adult role models kept in line by unruly children, collide. I See Damp People.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Tedious, overstuffed, visually flat ... emotionally inert, filled with painfully expository dialogue and mostly poorly acted, it's simply an all-around misfire.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
With a movie this shockingly bad, however, it's not likely that anyone will be interested in another chapter. So it's better not to even bother seeing this one.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Paraphrasing a quote from another Shyamalan star, Haley Joel Osment, it seems like "there's dead actors walking around like regular actors." From The Sixth Sense to no sense?
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
The Last Airbender is like a Care Bears movie that got waylaid in the fourth dimension. It's insufferably silly.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The picture is crammed with big-budget CGI -- it seems determined to command our interest through sheer technological will.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Shyamalan has taken what could have been a big, flashy, generic Hollywood production and made it wholly his own.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
As a child puts together pieces of the puzzle that will help him save the world from evildoers in The Last Airbender, I was pondering a bigger mystery: How can this action-packed adventure be so deadly dull?
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
[Shyamalan] wanted to leave us shaking our heads and marveling at a terribleness that was not merely terrible, but a terribleness that leaves you astonished at just how very, very terrible it is.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Shyamalan's effects -- matte paintings, miniatures, location exteriors, backlot interiors and digital work -- never coalesce into a seamless whole, and the result is neither fish nor fowl, tactile nor virtual.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The most well-rounded failure of the year so far.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
The TV show created an incredibly complex world over three seasons. This picture (the first in a proposed trilogy) tries to accomplish a year's worth of work in two hours. So we get titles and flashbacks, baldly expository dialogue and clumsy narration.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...it's unfortunate that the one element people apparently cannot manipulate in this world is wood, as that would be the only way to extract a decent performance.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
There's no other way to say this: M. Night Shyamalan has completely lost it.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What a colossal disappointment! Let's hope this truly is the last Airbender.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The addition of the 3-D is obviously an afterthought, and in most scenes it's pretty bad. Almost as bad as the writing and the acting. Almost.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
It's a stinker that takes itself so seriously, but might bring about unintentional laughter to those who can view this rubbish as merely a goof.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The Last Airbender could be The Last M. Night Shyamalan Movie. Yep, it's that bad.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
MacGruber and Jonah Hex can relax. This is without doubt the summer's movie nadir, the grossest waste of somebody's money to create (and people to view) that we'll endure.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's bad, as in "Wild Wild West" will no longer be considered the nadir of July 4th weekend releases. It feels off from the get-go and never gets its footing or a sense of balance with the material. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The Last Airbender, for all its Shyamalan-style grandiosity, is completely harmless and inoffensive, and at the very least, Shyamalan appears to be having a little fun here.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
The camera swoops and the music blares, but we might as well be watching a tolerant, teeth-gritting parent filming his son's karate class demonstration.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
The movie's redeeming feature might be its beauty, but you have to take off your 3-D glasses to fully appreciate it. The lenses blunt and mute the unique tones and colors that Shyamalan uses to create his lavish fantasy kingdoms.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It is so bad that not only could Uwe Boll make a better movie than Shyamalan has done here, he already has.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
What part of this story necessitated such a po-faced treatment?
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The Last Airbender lays there, stillborn, potential squandered... a sad indicator of just how completely Shyamalan has thrown away his own gifts, the last stop on what has been a very disappointing career arc.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Undistinguished on every level, the film rehashes genre cliches in a style that is both painless and instantly forgettable.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
In spite of all the running and sometimes flying to and fro, The Last Airbender never feels particularly urgent.
Chris Knight - National Post
Fans of the beautifully crafted TV show will be bitterly disappointed by this film version of the story.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It's rare to see a film so choppily edited, poorly scripted and spastically directed that you can barely understand what you're watching.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The title has the ring of prophecy. Although the film frustrates viewers with a cliffhanger ending, it's hard to believe a second 'Airbender' will materialize out of what is likely to be the indifferent reception to this wan hand-me-down.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A franchise needs more than cute creatures to survive.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Boring -- but age-appropriate for young fans of the TV show.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Shyamalan saps all the humor and energy from the fantasy adventure so that the Nickelodeon cartoon on which it's based has more life than the live-action big-screen adaptation.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
It captivated my imagination.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Using the backbone of the Nickelodeon series, Shyamalan succeeds in developing a story with a deep mythology -- something he failed to do with Lady in the Water.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Where's the fun? We're talking about characters that can throw fire and water. Where's the excitement and sense of wonder?
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
a staid, interminable miscalculation
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The problems begin with Shyamalan's script, which is an orgy of exposition.
Pam Grady - Boxoffice Magazine
The uninitiated will find the picture an odd, strangely chilly and frequently confounding experience. They won't care that this first 'Airbender' will likely be the last too.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I believe M. Night can ruin the world.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
M. Night Shyamalan throws his hands up and sells out with The Last Airbender, an adaptation of the Nickelodeon anime series that boasts almost no sign of the director's idiosyncratic imprimatur.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It's worth putting up with M. Night the writer to enjoy the work of M. Night the director.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Even in 3D, [it's] one-dimensional.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The sprawling story is so dramatically compressed there is barely enough oxygen for relationship growth (crucial in Avatar), let alone traces of an interesting director's personality.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Where to start with this one? How about this: If any movie ever warranted a class-action lawsuit against the filmmakers, it's The Last Airbender.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The movie has been criticized for racially inappropriate casting, but that's the least of its problems. The acting is laughable, the effects are phony, the editing is addled and the dialogue is disastrous.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The picture drags along the ground like a fresh corpse, treating its own myth as homework and the participants as burdens, while feeling around a fantastically wasted world of weathered environments and ornate set design.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Who would have thought Shyamalan would come up with a movie that makes his Lady in the Water look positively sensible?
Christopher Kelly - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Let's just be honest: M. Night Shyamalan is an idiot.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Slavishly amateurish with no heart. Cold, not engaging, and dull. Bad writing and film school-level directing. What happened to an exciting story?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Nothing short of an incomprehensible fiasco. If one must go see it, avoid the 3-D version like the bubonic plague.
A new low point in Shyamalan's crumbling career.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The battles are only slightly more exciting than the exposition, the acting is laughable, and the characters are flat.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The good news for those eagerly anticipating this live-action, big budget adaptation is that the 3D isn't horrible. The bad news? Just about everything else is.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
A soul-crushing disaster made worse by unnecessary, counterproductive 3-D, The Last Airbender fails to immediately qualify as the worst film of the summer only by virtue of the year's abundance of other candidates.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
This live-action adaptation of an animated children's fantasy series is a leaden, joyless ride that represents another major misfire from the once-promising filmmaker.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Shyamalan takes the beloved Nickelodeon anime series and turns it into 103 minutes of overproduced, stilted nonsense.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald