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Avatar [2010]

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Sci-fi epic set in the year 2154: Humanity has exhausted the Earth and are now mining planet Pandora, which has its own humanoid species, the peaceful Na'vi. A paraplegic war veteran (Sam Worthington) accepts as his mission to infiltrate the native population by assuming a genetically engineered Na'vi avatar, and soon finds his loyalty to his own species challenged. Also with Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel David Moore. Directed by James Cameron. [2:41 - PG-13]

DUELING CRITICS

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"Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009...Avatar is the most engaging and enthralling motion picture I have experienced this year - and 'experience' is the appropriate word."

- James Berardinelli

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"The movie is hardly a historical event, or even a grand achievement. It is a very expensive-looking, very flashy entertainment, albeit one that groans under the weight of clumsy storytelling in the second half and features some of the most godawful dialogue this side of Attack of the Clones."

- Stephanie Zacharek



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CRITICAL CONSENSUS

James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Kirk Honeycutt | Hollywood Reporter
Chris Hewitt | Empire
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Nick Starkey | Premiere
Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
Manohla Dargis | New York Times
Scott Foundas | LA Weekly
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Dana Stevens | Slate
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
David Denby | New Yorker
Jamey Codding | Bullz-Eye.com
Richard Corliss | Time
Todd McCarthy | Variety
Marc Savlov | Austin Chronicle
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Steven Rea | Philadelphia Inquirer
Lou Lumenick | New York Post
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Rick Groen | Globe & Mail
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Owen Gleiberman | EW
Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle
Joe Neumaier | New York Daily News
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Scott Tobias | Onion AV Club
Stephanie Zacharek | Salon
































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