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Avatar (2009; Rated Rated PG-13)


“ Groundbreaking visuals, amazing special effects.”

-Richard Roeper



(2009; PG-13)

In theaters:
Friday, 18 December 2009

Summary: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller

James Cameron

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

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Alex Krajcisaid on Saturday, September 08, 2012 6:57:58 PM
Avatar Should Have Had Won The 2010 Academy Award For Best Picture Instead Of The Hurt Locker.

Griffin Hammersmithsaid on Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:03:55 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At worlds End is the most expensive movie. Not Avatar.

Reply from Richard Roeper
Depends on which source you believe. And if you adjust for inflation, the titles would change yet again.

Karla S.said on Friday, March 05, 2010 11:25:44 PM
I thought the set up to Avatar was boring, and I almost left the theatre. I stayed on because I wanted to see the special effects. They were worth waiting for but after a short while, the effects became routine. There was not much awe, and really how can there be when a computer is doing the work. I thought the performances all around were melodramatic. I need a good story to truly enjoy a film. The story can be routine, but the writing has to be alive. Without a good story, you don't have a film; you just have the effects (for what that's worth).

Thomas Gazdaykasaid on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:46:29 AM
Hello Richard, I found your site. I have missed your reviews since you left 'At the Movies'. Concerning AVATAR, I loved it. I have only seen it twice, not 13 times with TITANIC. BUT very visually stunning. Again nice to have found your movie review site. I will be coming back often.

Conniesaid on Monday, February 15, 2010 7:32:29 PM
Good review and you captured exactly how I felt about the movie. The fx and 3d were SO good and even revolutionary, you have to give this movie high grades. The whole pantheism, noble savage, evil whitey thing took away from the movie.

Scottsaid on Thursday, February 04, 2010 3:03:28 PM
I was hoping you of all people would have sided with me on NOT liking this heaping pile of dung. But I forgot that going to the movies in this day and age has nothing to do with story lines and dialog. MY BAD! Its all about how much money you can pour into the CGI to get the mindless morons to oooo and ahhhh about. I really wanted to like this movie. I have nothing against James Cameron but come on Richard! (I think I am going to rename you Dick) Just because you make the most expensive movie in history does not give you right to receive the praise he is getting from this heap. Please get back down to earth Dick and stop smoking dope before you go to the movies.

Marc said on Saturday, January 16, 2010 11:44:33 PM
I was very skeptical about this movie before I saw it because of all of the hype. However, it really is that great. I'm not just talking about the breathtaking visuals though, but the story and the acting was excellent. Yes, the plot was a bit predictable, but it doesn't matter when you care about the characters the way you do when being utterly immersed in this story. The soundtrack is also top notch and helps you feel the emotion of the movie. Much of the movie I was just sitting with my mouth open and at the edge of my seat. One of the best of the decade.

Christopher Zeidelsaid on Thursday, December 24, 2009 8:14:50 AM
Avatar is interesting in spots. I liked the final battle. The problem is that it's extremely predictable. I knew everything that was going to happen long before it happened. It is also overlong. Cameron spends too much time setting things up, but the last 40 minutes are quite exciting.

Miguelsaid on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:38:57 PM
The film stinks.

Eric Lsaid on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:27:56 PM
Visually stunning. I came out of the theatre in aww. Solid Performances by the leads. I disagree that it was layed on to thick, I thought the scene where the hometree was destroyed was masterfully done, not overdramatic, very sad, and I felt for all the Na'vi. One of the best movies of the year by far.

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