'The Last Airbender' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   41 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   184 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    The Last Airbender keeps throwing things at you, but its ultimate effect is, in every way, flat.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    The long-winded explanations and clumsy performances are made worse by graceless effects and a last-minute 3-D conversion that wrecks whatever visual grace or beauty might have been there.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    It gets real old real fast.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    This is one muddled attempt at franchise-making: confusing, drab, sluggish. (Ugly, too, if you're forced to see it in 3-D.)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    If you thought it was bad when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was channeling Rod Serling, wait till you see him try to be George Lucas.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    M. Night Shyamalan's big-screen live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series constitutes a form of Chinese water torture in which tin-ear line-readings take the place of drips.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    All the while, Shyamalan creates an ever-growing sense of 'Who cares where we are; when will this be over?'
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    13
    The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Not since Kyle MacLachlan's whispered voice-overs about the worm and the spice and the worm IS the spice in Dune has a fantasy franchise tripped all over itself trying, simply, to please a fan base while creating a new one.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Shyamalan compresses a ton of plot exposition in every line and the resulting heavyosity is too much for the younger actors to carry.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The Last Airbender is one of the most visually luscious and exhilarating entertainments I have seen this year, full of giddy fireworks and kinetic pleasure.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    9
    Stiff, fuzzy-looking, cloddish and disastrous in nearly every way, The Last Airbender looks as if it could have been made by the spoiled son of a studio mogul willing to waste gobs of money.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    While the special effects are impressive enough, M. Night Shyamalan's film doesn't make a lick of sense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action Avatar adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with wire-fu, rather than this cartoony nonsense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    0
    Stilted dialogue, wooden acting, glacial pacing, cheesy special effects, tacky-looking sets, ugly costumes, poorly staged and edited action sequences, all shown in murky, cut-rate 3-D.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    25
    This colossal folly, the fiasco of the summer of 2010 - gives us all a ringside seat at the sight of Mr. "I See Dead People's" career gurgling down the drain.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Even 3-D technology can't inject a much-needed extra dimension to The Last Airbender.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The puzzle of Shyamalan's racial casting soon becomes secondary to a much more pressing concern -- trying to follow the cluttered story.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    I can see why Shyamalan was attracted to this material, but the results are clunky even by his recent standards.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    25
    This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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