The Last Airbender Reviews

  • 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

Top Movies