"An extraordinary act of visual imagination....To see AVATAR is to feel like you understand filmmaking in three dimensions for the first time."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/11/2009)
3 stars out of 4 -- "With the game-changing, magnificent visual spectacle that is AVATAR, writer/director James Cameron can be crowned king of the virtual world."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/16/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "AVATAR is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/11/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Cameron wants us to appreciate the world he's toile to make....His Pandora is a revelation -- truly a must see."
Box Office - Amy Nicholson (12/16/2009)
"As a spectacle, AVATAR is indelible -- a true rush..." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/25/2009)
"[A] trippy joy ride about the end of life....An Emersonian exploration of the invisible world of the spirit filled with Cameronian rock 'em, sock 'em pulpy action."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (12/18/2009)
"[AVATAR] delivers unique spectacle, breathtaking sights, narrative excitement and an overarching anti-imperialist, back-to-nature theme....[T]he picture is a triumph..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (12/10/2009)
"[Cameron] brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is AVATAR."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (12/10/2009)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's utterly captivating. A glistening banquet for the senses."
Total Film - Andy Lowe (12/11/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Here's a filmmaker who knows how to harness technology to storytelling....Cameron's talent really is as big as his dreams.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/21/2010)
"Cameron has managed to get genuine performances....Worthington and especially Saldana do a terrific job of imbuing their characters with life and spirit..."
Washington Post (12/18/2009)
"[A]s heartfelt as it is spectacular...As a showman Cameron will not be denied."
Movieline - Michelle Orange (12/18/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "AVATAR turns out to be a work of imagination on an industrial scale....The last act shifts from carefully cultivated enchantment to all-out action."
Empire - Empire Staff (06/01/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "From the barely noticeable sci-fi/tech details to the mind-blowing Pandora landscapes, this is a movie that truly transports an audience."