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Avatar (2009) Synopsis
Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By 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...
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By James Berardinelli
Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
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Wall Street Journal

By 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...
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Boston Globe

By 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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Vast, beautiful and meticulously detailed.
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USA Today

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

By Owen Gleiberman
As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
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By Wesley2048
Exciting adventure in CG. I loved the jungle style culture and how nature and knowledge played out in a ballet of the two intertwined and merged in a spiritual syncopation. Great graphics and a nice...

AVATAR. Grade: A-average (Based on advance VIP preview - Fri. Aug. 21 and Thurs. Dec. 17)

AVATAR was directed by James Cameron, and stars Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, etc. With a production budget of over $237 million(plus $150...

Avatar Movie Review

By Asianfreak
91 out of 100 The Color Blue....

Completely boring and predictable.

By Arzus
Ever seen Pocahontas? Then you've seen Avatar. James Cameron takes cliche to the extreme. He steals his whole movie from countless other movies such as Pocahontas, adds a few machines obviously...

Best 3D Movie Ever/Average Story

By the13thletter
I have to say the technology in filming/creating this movie is amazing, from the CGI to the stereoscopic cameras to the amazing 3D. I really felt like I was inside a video game the entire time....

You can't miss this movie!

By dwpaulk
I went to see the midnight showing of Avatar last night and I was completely blown away. The one thing that I truly loved about the movie is that it does a great job of building the storyline. Too...

Avatar (2009) review

By SimbaUno
Epic movie that I almost made a must go for the pop culture significance alone. Good movie, but there are better that came out in 2009....

Dances with Aliens

By wefdwefwer3
HOW much did they spend on special effects? Well, every penny the script budget--clearly there was no money left over. Never mind, no need to hire writers, the movie had already been...

Ignore the naysayers... GO!

By ~Charlie
Just got home from Avatar. What an awesome film! Easily the best CG effects ever. A well written plot that really fleshes out (literally) all the characters. One of the shortest 2 1/2 hour movies I've...

Historic and Slightly Irritating

By blu hawaii
You'll get preached to about mother earth and how bad we're making it - even though the earth withstood a meteoric impact and survived just fine, and it actually takes quite a bit away from an...

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Rated PG-13 | For warfare, intense battle sequences, some smoking, sensuality and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.
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