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Avatar


From Academy Award® winning director James Cameron comes Avatar, the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    83%
  • Audience Score
    82%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know this highly anticipated James Cameron sci-fi epic may be too intense (and long, at 161 minutes) for some tweens. There are several effects-heavy battle and hunting sequences that include missile-launching military aircraft, nerotoxin-laced arrows, scary Pandora-dwelling fauna and flora, and lots of explosions -- all of which has more impact when the movie is seen in 3-D. Salty wartime language includes many uses of "s--t" and comparable words. As in his previous epics, Cameron infuses the action-driven story with strong female characters and a morality tale centered in a romantic relationship -- though the human-Na'vi relationship in question gets a bit complicated, because the human is actually in his avatar. The romantic leads' chemistry is made more sensual by the barely dressed bodies of the Na'vi. (Note: Fans of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender should know that this movie is in no way connected to that show or the movie based on it.)

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's revolutionary special effects. Do they overwhelm or support the movie's story? How does the portrayal of the Na'vi affect the movie's emotional impact?
  • What themes does Cameron consistently work into his films? Compare the strong female characters in Avatar, Terminator, and Titanic. Any similarities?
  • What political messages is Cameron exploring in the movie? How are its themes relevant to what's going on in today's world? Do you think these messages will stand the test of time?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    83%
    reviews counted: 3
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  • Audience

    82%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: From the music to the muse, this is clearly a James Cameron flick, clearly a masterpiece, and clearly marks a revolution in blockbusters, for if you only see one film in a 3-D cinema this year, make it Avatar.

- Giles Hardie, smh.com.au, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Cameron's 'Avatar': Brainy & Beautiful

- Joe Baltake, Passionate Moviegoer, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fresh: It's rare that a movie can inspire genuine awe but Cameron has succeeded in another landmark technical achievement.

- Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Ugh. So let me get this straight? A bunch of macho white dudes want to take over the land occupied by indigenous people and the indigenous people fight and defeat the macho white dudes but only when one of the macho white dudes takes a stand against his people because he has seen the righteous path after falling in love with one of the indigenous girls. Sounds familiar and lame. The 3d is pretty cool but the story is infuriating.

- pingsley, Friday, June 22, 2012

2 stars

Ugh. So let me get this straight? A bunch of macho white dudes want to take over the land occupied by indigenous people and the indigenous people fight and defeat the macho white dudes but only when one of the macho white dudes takes a stand against his people because he has seen the righteous path after falling in love with one of the indigenous girls. Sounds familiar and lame. The 3d is pretty cool but the story is infuriating.

- pingsley, Friday, June 22, 2012

4 stars

Of course,Avatar has few flaws.It has lack of originality,There is no complication in storyline and despite the stunning visual effects,Characters are still a bit cartoonish.But its so unfair if we exaggerate these flaws and dont value much the brilliant universe which James Cameron created.There is a joy and energy in this kind of movies that can never find in others.

- Alireza64ir, Tuesday, June 5, 2012