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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Completely harmless and inoffensive, and at the very least, Shyamalan appears to be having a little fun here.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Unfortunately, this all proceeds at a supersonic tempo, with Shyamalan's directorial finger stuck on the fast-forward button. Significant plot points whiz by in this movie equivalent of speed-dating.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The story is a much more serious problem, a run-on, overstuffed narrative that feels like a very long prologue for a climax that never comes.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is "Star Wars" with martial arts, plus a touch of "The Last Emperor." Technically, it's not badly done; I enjoyed the physical clash of elements, the water balls rising like sculpture in the air.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.
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25

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unfortunately, its positive attributes are thrown out of balance by its abundant negatives - including chintzy effects, lumbering storytelling and an overstylized, earnest incompetence that evokes "Speed Racer."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The filmmaker has delivered yet another iteration of what has become a classic M. Night Shyamalan film, only much bigger than before, and, as a consequence, mind-bendingly turgid.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest.
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20 out of 100
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