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07.02.2010

By all accounts, THE LAST AIRBENDER is shaping up to be one of the worst reviewed films of the summer. And might i remind you that this summer also included JONAH HEX, MARMADUKE and GROWN UPS. The film currently has only four positive ratings (out of 62 total) on Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Chris Bumbray called the film "astonishingly bad" in his 1/10 review of the film. (I saw it and I don't know that I hated it that much but it definitely bored me to tears.)

Yet despite all that, AIRBENDER doesn't appear to be a financial flop. Current predictions seem to indicate a $50MM+ weekend, which is pretty impressive, especially when going up against TWILIGHT. That would indicate a good bunch of you are still going to see this movie. I'm curious to know if fans of the cartoon will hate it as much as critics have or if this movie will find an audience who likes it.

We'll leave the Strike Backs open throughout the holiday weekend for you to post your review (or you can post your review on your Movie Fan Central profile page). Please keep your reviews spoiler-free and remember, no insulting any other readers.

UPDATE: Instead of the film's trailer below, we've decided to update it with a clip of real AIRBENDER fans giving their reactions to the film. Hilarious stuff.

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9:27AM on 07/06/2010
Not NEARLY as bad as everyone is saying. How this has an 8% on RT, I'm just not understanding. It's not the best movie I've ever seen, but critics and audiences are calling it "the worst film ever made."

Really, people? Really? Worse than The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor? Worse than Street Fighter: Chun Li? Please. Check out the rest of my review on MFC: [link] ">
Not NEARLY as bad as everyone is saying. How this has an 8% on RT, I'm just not understanding. It's not the best movie I've ever seen, but critics and audiences are calling it "the worst film ever made."

Really, people? Really? Worse than The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor? Worse than Street Fighter: Chun Li? Please. Check out the rest of my review on MFC: [link]
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3:10PM on 07/05/2010
My daughter wanted to see this for her 5th bday, so went and watched it over the weekend. Visually stunning scenery and some pretty good SFX, but it seems that Kristen Stewart gave all the kids a lesson from her course of "How to act like a mannequin". I swear that the kids were reading off of cue cards the entire time. That, coupled with the fact that these kids had some serious dialogue was just bad. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the Fire Nation should have been dominated by
My daughter wanted to see this for her 5th bday, so went and watched it over the weekend. Visually stunning scenery and some pretty good SFX, but it seems that Kristen Stewart gave all the kids a lesson from her course of "How to act like a mannequin". I swear that the kids were reading off of cue cards the entire time. That, coupled with the fact that these kids had some serious dialogue was just bad. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the Fire Nation should have been dominated by every other nation, due to a limitation that Shamalamadingdong placed on them (apparently in the show they don't need to carry torches around with them all the time).

As stated before, beautiful visuals and SFX and the action scenes were pretty good as well. My 5 & 6 year old kids seemed to enjoy it, but all the adults I heard from seemed to be disappointed.
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12:55PM on 07/04/2010
Wow, I had no idea so many people wanted to see this movie. Kinda figured it'd just fizzle and die.
Wow, I had no idea so many people wanted to see this movie. Kinda figured it'd just fizzle and die.
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12:36PM on 07/04/2010
I saw it. I don't think it was as bad as all the critics said. Even still, the story line could've done with a bit more substance. Visually it was really good, and the action scenes were awesome. Good CGI. I'd be willing to see the sequels.
I saw it. I don't think it was as bad as all the critics said. Even still, the story line could've done with a bit more substance. Visually it was really good, and the action scenes were awesome. Good CGI. I'd be willing to see the sequels.
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8:04PM on 07/04/2010
you know i actually agree with you on that part
you know i actually agree with you on that part
10:31AM on 07/04/2010
So I got the balls to see it. I mean I was curious to see the movie due to its negative press. Well the movie sucked donkey nuts. The acting really was bad, no direction at all it seemed. The guy from Daily Show was horrible but we all know he can be amazing on his show. Dev Patel was the only decent actor and still was unbelievable as this "badass" character.

It was my first upscaled 3D film and I honestly could not tell it was 3D... Like all the other true 3D films had depth and stuff but
So I got the balls to see it. I mean I was curious to see the movie due to its negative press. Well the movie sucked donkey nuts. The acting really was bad, no direction at all it seemed. The guy from Daily Show was horrible but we all know he can be amazing on his show. Dev Patel was the only decent actor and still was unbelievable as this "badass" character.

It was my first upscaled 3D film and I honestly could not tell it was 3D... Like all the other true 3D films had depth and stuff but this just looked 2D.
Special effects were the only reason to see this.

You see all the action parts in the trailer though. 70% of the movie is exposition and was quite boring.

I think the real problem was the movie should have been longer or not tried to rush a 20 episode series (400 minutes of show) into 100 minutes of film.
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8:37AM on 07/04/2010
No nearly as bad as eveyone says.
Not nearly as good as everyone wishes it was.
To be honest, I'd watch the sequels.
No nearly as bad as eveyone says.
Not nearly as good as everyone wishes it was.
To be honest, I'd watch the sequels.
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8:21AM on 07/04/2010

Go see it!

I would just like add that if you did not see don't comment. This was a good film with minor flaws and commenting on how you are not going see it because of what you heard is childish. So please, let us hear opinions from the actual viewers.
I would just like add that if you did not see don't comment. This was a good film with minor flaws and commenting on how you are not going see it because of what you heard is childish. So please, let us hear opinions from the actual viewers.
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8:19AM on 07/04/2010
@ spacemonkee414... I agree with you completely. I think 50% of the "haters" here concerning most topics either have not seen the film or jump on the "it's cool to hate this" bandwagon. Airbender was not the greatest movie ever. but it is not close to being horrible. More importantly, I know a 7 year old and 9 year old who saw it and they loved it. Not all movies are made for "us". This article mentions Marmaduke ... it is not a bad movie! The problem is that nobody here is 7. There are other
@ spacemonkee414... I agree with you completely. I think 50% of the "haters" here concerning most topics either have not seen the film or jump on the "it's cool to hate this" bandwagon. Airbender was not the greatest movie ever. but it is not close to being horrible. More importantly, I know a 7 year old and 9 year old who saw it and they loved it. Not all movies are made for "us". This article mentions Marmaduke ... it is not a bad movie! The problem is that nobody here is 7. There are other movie goers besides us nerds on the internet. By th way ... I refuse to take movie (or any other) advice from grown men wearing face paint (unless you are William Wallace).
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2:04AM on 07/04/2010

A Bit of A Disappointment, But Still good.

The visuals are absolutely beautiful and gorgeous and perfect. This is some of the best CGI work I've ever seen. The cinematography is clean and detail, with lots of depth of field, and the camera moves were fluid and exciting. The action kicked ass. The score was good. The acting was decent.

However, the movie rushes things WAY too much. Nothing is properly explored, and only Aang and Zuko have any sort of character arc.

Still worth seeing though.
The visuals are absolutely beautiful and gorgeous and perfect. This is some of the best CGI work I've ever seen. The cinematography is clean and detail, with lots of depth of field, and the camera moves were fluid and exciting. The action kicked ass. The score was good. The acting was decent.

However, the movie rushes things WAY too much. Nothing is properly explored, and only Aang and Zuko have any sort of character arc.

Still worth seeing though.
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5:22AM on 07/04/2010
To those who feel the movie is rushed, its obvious this film was made to warrant sequels. I have read reports of a trilogy to match the 3 season of the series. I have a feeling if the sequels are still greenlit, more about the characters will be explored.
To those who feel the movie is rushed, its obvious this film was made to warrant sequels. I have read reports of a trilogy to match the 3 season of the series. I have a feeling if the sequels are still greenlit, more about the characters will be explored.
1:44AM on 07/04/2010

DEF not as bad as reported

WOW at the mofo's ripping into this feature film, I just saw it in 3d in LA and the 3d was GREAT, i f**king repeat, GREAT (and im from a small town so I know about shitty theaters that are dark to begin with, etc) but this movie was ENTERTAINING with a fast pace to keep peeps interested, and I know by this point I already got the thumbs down but for you still reading the acting was OK at best in the beginning, the pacing was a tad skewed but never gives you time to NAP, meaning it keeps
WOW at the mofo's ripping into this feature film, I just saw it in 3d in LA and the 3d was GREAT, i f**king repeat, GREAT (and im from a small town so I know about shitty theaters that are dark to begin with, etc) but this movie was ENTERTAINING with a fast pace to keep peeps interested, and I know by this point I already got the thumbs down but for you still reading the acting was OK at best in the beginning, the pacing was a tad skewed but never gives you time to NAP, meaning it keeps flowing, and what I think was really missing was the character development of Aang and the side characters, the story kept moving along with new info popping up constantly to fill voids but this was better than THE HAPPENING, who can say THE HAPPENING was better??!?!?!? The Happening was Shyamalan laughing at us and having fun, "Cheese and Crackers!!" anyone???? But this one was much better although not the typical feature I was still entertained, even Asiv Mandov (I know I butchered the name but the Daily Show guy DEF fit his role), so all I can say is If you wanna see a genius director with some great shots (some reminiscent of Children of Men, SOME MFers and you know it or you didnt even recognize it when it happened apparently, but M Nights a talented MOFO so if you wanna be entertained go see this, if you wanna a classic film, go see inception when it comes out :), plus, what will add to the thumbs down.. I didnt see the cartoon, HOWEVER I saw ep 1-3 when I came back from the screening. And I know in the feature they say Auung, not really Aang, but Auuung the last airbender had signs of awesomeness with quick blurry [link] which results in an OK but ENTERTAINING flick, if you stuck around this long a thumbs up is mandatory, I know you agree... YEAH YOU DO!
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2:41AM on 07/04/2010
Yeah you're Welcome 8-)
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1:10AM on 07/04/2010
Really, really horrible.
Really, really horrible.
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1:03AM on 07/04/2010
I'm gonna be honest with y'all. I really like all of M. Night's stuff. Including Lady in the Water. I'm also a super huge fan of the TV show.

However, even excluding the fact that its a horrible adaptation, this was a really, really bad movie.

In fact, I don't feel too uncomfortable saying that it was perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen.

Really, really horrible.
I'm gonna be honest with y'all. I really like all of M. Night's stuff. Including Lady in the Water. I'm also a super huge fan of the TV show.

However, even excluding the fact that its a horrible adaptation, this was a really, really bad movie.

In fact, I don't feel too uncomfortable saying that it was perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen.

Really, really horrible.
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12:41AM on 07/04/2010
This didn't really peak my interest (I didn't actually see it), but I think this appeals to a pretty specific group of people. There has been a devoted fan base for a number of years and they're really the primary ones who will be into it. I mean obviously there will be others who think it looks good and/or will enjoy just watching it without prior knowledge of the lore, but I think if you haven't followed the series and aren't much of a fan to begin with, you probably won't be that into the
This didn't really peak my interest (I didn't actually see it), but I think this appeals to a pretty specific group of people. There has been a devoted fan base for a number of years and they're really the primary ones who will be into it. I mean obviously there will be others who think it looks good and/or will enjoy just watching it without prior knowledge of the lore, but I think if you haven't followed the series and aren't much of a fan to begin with, you probably won't be that into the movie.
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8:36PM on 07/03/2010

c'mon guys

1. i think everyone was just waiting to hate this movie. half these people probably haven't even seen it. anything shyamalan makes will be subjected to hate by the "armchair critics" (or should i say "basement critics").

2. people need to chill with some of the comments. they just make these comments for their 15 minutes of "fame"...because they think they're cool...

that's just my OP...

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1. i think everyone was just waiting to hate this movie. half these people probably haven't even seen it. anything shyamalan makes will be subjected to hate by the "armchair critics" (or should i say "basement critics").

2. people need to chill with some of the comments. they just make these comments for their 15 minutes of "fame"...because they think they're cool...

that's just my OP...

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5:16AM on 07/04/2010
very good points, while yes Shyamalans last 3 movies were all terrible, I was not biased & I was hoping this movie would redeem him. It does seem the majority of the posters on here have not seen the movie or have & just afraid to admit it's actually a decent movie. Just because every major movie critic hates the movie, everyone else does, keep in mind a movie review is simply an opinion in its own right. It's not to be used as an excuse to not see a movie. I recommend people do see this movie
very good points, while yes Shyamalans last 3 movies were all terrible, I was not biased & I was hoping this movie would redeem him. It does seem the majority of the posters on here have not seen the movie or have & just afraid to admit it's actually a decent movie. Just because every major movie critic hates the movie, everyone else does, keep in mind a movie review is simply an opinion in its own right. It's not to be used as an excuse to not see a movie. I recommend people do see this movie for themselves & ignore the critics & other posters on various movie sites.
4:16PM on 07/04/2010
@spacemonkee: actually, if you've been following this for some time, members on this site really wanted this movie to be good - even those who feel burned by M. Night. In regards to comments - sure people get negative, but I don't see how anybody is confusing the airing of an opinion on a message board with Warhol's 15 minutes of fame. Casting issues aside, I think you are trying to justify your self-admitted minority opinion, by trivializing what seems to be a pretty general
@spacemonkee: actually, if you've been following this for some time, members on this site really wanted this movie to be good - even those who feel burned by M. Night. In regards to comments - sure people get negative, but I don't see how anybody is confusing the airing of an opinion on a message board with Warhol's 15 minutes of fame. Casting issues aside, I think you are trying to justify your self-admitted minority opinion, by trivializing what seems to be a pretty general consensus.

@philava: I'm not sure where you are coming from. I have neither the time, nor the prioritized expendable income to see if every movie put into general release is good. I'm trying to knit through your typos, but I think you are saying just because every major film critic hates "Airbender" doesn't mean that every movie goer will. You're right - but when there is an overwhelming consensus that a movie is not merely bad, but awful, I almost always find myself agreeing with that when I wind up seeing the film. I can't really afford to go around testing to find the exception that proves the rule - my time is too valuable.

@ to both of you: Sure, I'll admit there's a propensity for people to get overly negative on this site, BUT: This article is soliciting reviews. In addition, it sounds as if instead of simply accepting that you like something that most other people don't, you are trying to suggest people are being dishonest or goosestepping. Instead of trying to rationalize a better cause for your minority opinion - simply have the self-respect and security to admit you like something that is generally view as crap by the general population.
4:07AM on 07/05/2010
2 smooveluv..yes you do make some very valid points & are correct in saying i shoul;d also respect what others say on here, obviously there are certain movies the majority want to see & obviously cannot afford to see every single movie out there. Also forgive me for my typing mistakes, i didn't realize a person needed 2 use perfect grammar on this site.
2 smooveluv..yes you do make some very valid points & are correct in saying i shoul;d also respect what others say on here, obviously there are certain movies the majority want to see & obviously cannot afford to see every single movie out there. Also forgive me for my typing mistakes, i didn't realize a person needed 2 use perfect grammar on this site.
8:32PM on 07/03/2010

It Was Very Good!

I heard so many bad things before I went to see it and was nervous when it started. So I was watching it...10 minutes go by, 45 minutes go by and I was waiting for it to be bad it was not! This movie was kicking ass and really explored the loneliness Ang was feeling. Also the fighting is awesome! Now it feel a little rushed but that did not take you out of the story. Do not listen to these critics, go see it!
I heard so many bad things before I went to see it and was nervous when it started. So I was watching it...10 minutes go by, 45 minutes go by and I was waiting for it to be bad it was not! This movie was kicking ass and really explored the loneliness Ang was feeling. Also the fighting is awesome! Now it feel a little rushed but that did not take you out of the story. Do not listen to these critics, go see it!
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8:00PM on 07/03/2010
Fuck Shyamalan.
Fuck Shyamalan.
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6:05PM on 07/03/2010

now i'm not saying....

that this was a good movie, it's pretty bad, it didn't deserve a 1/10 rating but i do agree with the general feeling of dislike for it. My 5 year old loved the action but was bored generally. He was expecting some of the slap-stick humor and the movie failed to deliver. maybe M. Night Shyamalan can not direct children and that osmet kid really is an acting genius, but what ever, it probably deserves a 3/10 or 2.5/10 but the sheer disappointment experienced by movie goers would probably push it
that this was a good movie, it's pretty bad, it didn't deserve a 1/10 rating but i do agree with the general feeling of dislike for it. My 5 year old loved the action but was bored generally. He was expecting some of the slap-stick humor and the movie failed to deliver. maybe M. Night Shyamalan can not direct children and that osmet kid really is an acting genius, but what ever, it probably deserves a 3/10 or 2.5/10 but the sheer disappointment experienced by movie goers would probably push it down into the negative hemispheres. Having said that, I wish to address the people who are comparing this (an obvious children's movie) to shrek and toy story, which are not children's movies, yes they do have an adolescent polish to it but there are a lot of adult elements in those movies, which we, as adults, take for granted because we are adults (grumbling psudo-swearing for example). We (adults) go to see these movies because they appeal to a wider audience, but i know some people will rag on me for saying that but whatever man. This movie did suck, and if my 5yr old thinks that then i think M. Night Shyamalan missed the point of the cartoon, better he had tried to re-imagine it or re-invent, that would have justified the hate, but cut the guy some slack, or don't, it's up to you, I think he'll bounce back with something extraordinary, nobody can tell you they love all Picaso's work (and if you do i call bullshit on that), but that dosen't take away from his artistic genius. Or maybe M. Night Shyamalan really is washed up, but either way let him be.
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5:53PM on 07/03/2010

Not that bad

Not being a big fan of M. Night i had little hopes for this movie. Not being a fan i went in not knowing a thing, and was actually pretty surprised and enjoyed it. I really cannot believe that people are thinking this is the worst movie of all time.
Not being a big fan of M. Night i had little hopes for this movie. Not being a fan i went in not knowing a thing, and was actually pretty surprised and enjoyed it. I really cannot believe that people are thinking this is the worst movie of all time.
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4:57PM on 07/03/2010
You guys obviously enjoy your little clique where you criticize me as some 'tard and give me like 29 negative comments (which i've come to wear as a badge of honor.) But really, acting like a movie snob doesn't help one's cause. We should all try to respect each other's opinions, I mean that. On that note, not trying to piss anyone off or go against the grain, I really thought this movie was entertaining and do recommend it. And after I know for sure that Toy Story 3 isn't going to beat
You guys obviously enjoy your little clique where you criticize me as some 'tard and give me like 29 negative comments (which i've come to wear as a badge of honor.) But really, acting like a movie snob doesn't help one's cause. We should all try to respect each other's opinions, I mean that. On that note, not trying to piss anyone off or go against the grain, I really thought this movie was entertaining and do recommend it. And after I know for sure that Toy Story 3 isn't going to beat Shrek 2, then I will contribute my money to that movie.
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4:59PM on 07/03/2010
either that or when it beats shrek 2, whichever comes first. until then i'd like to stay a casual observer. no offense to the movie, it sounds really good.
either that or when it beats shrek 2, whichever comes first. until then i'd like to stay a casual observer. no offense to the movie, it sounds really good.
5:12PM on 07/03/2010
Thanks for remaining respectful about that, Miguelito. All those "negative thumbs down" mean is that people disagree with your comments, which is understandable, of course, since most people seem to hate the movie.

But your opinion is appreciated on our site, and I agree with you that people should always respect each others opinions, even when they disagree with them. If everyone in the world appreciated the EXACT same things, we'd be living in a pretty boring world... ;)
Thanks for remaining respectful about that, Miguelito. All those "negative thumbs down" mean is that people disagree with your comments, which is understandable, of course, since most people seem to hate the movie.

But your opinion is appreciated on our site, and I agree with you that people should always respect each others opinions, even when they disagree with them. If everyone in the world appreciated the EXACT same things, we'd be living in a pretty boring world... ;)
11:39PM on 07/03/2010
Joblo has spoken!
Joblo has spoken!
11:46PM on 07/03/2010
I was also going to say you are right... Just because you get all kinds of hate, especially with the Pixar/Dreamsworks thing... I mean really, I think it's just stupid/funny how people act towards you, like Nathan Fillon especially(no offense Nathan i love you're icon), but like i always say... YOu have you're own opinion so what's wrong with posting it on a website... other than all kinds of people will act like they despise you but who cares? Haha Everyone has an opinion and i can respect
I was also going to say you are right... Just because you get all kinds of hate, especially with the Pixar/Dreamsworks thing... I mean really, I think it's just stupid/funny how people act towards you, like Nathan Fillon especially(no offense Nathan i love you're icon), but like i always say... YOu have you're own opinion so what's wrong with posting it on a website... other than all kinds of people will act like they despise you but who cares? Haha Everyone has an opinion and i can respect yours... I gave you a thumbs up by the way! lol
4:43PM on 07/03/2010

I haven't seen it

But my little brother and wifes little brother have seen it and both of them hated it. Sure they are 7 and 12 but still the film was made for their ages and both of them watch the show on tv.

So I am waiting for dvd to see it. I doubt I will like it just because I have never seen the show myself and all I hear is its rushed and doesn't explain anything. I can't just go on the two kids I know saying it was boring and the bald headed kid trying to be Ang(?) was "stupid" lol.
But my little brother and wifes little brother have seen it and both of them hated it. Sure they are 7 and 12 but still the film was made for their ages and both of them watch the show on tv.

So I am waiting for dvd to see it. I doubt I will like it just because I have never seen the show myself and all I hear is its rushed and doesn't explain anything. I can't just go on the two kids I know saying it was boring and the bald headed kid trying to be Ang(?) was "stupid" lol.
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4:17PM on 07/03/2010
I thought it was "pretty good", it wasn't awesome or amazing, but it certainly wasn't as bad as people are making it out to be.
I thought it was "pretty good", it wasn't awesome or amazing, but it certainly wasn't as bad as people are making it out to be.
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3:41PM on 07/03/2010
Shyamalan raped Avatar.

And also, reading lots of comments about it being a kid's movie. A kids movie about genocide. Yep...
Shyamalan raped Avatar.

And also, reading lots of comments about it being a kid's movie. A kids movie about genocide. Yep...
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3:33PM on 07/03/2010

Not recommended

This movie was pretty lame. I understand that I may not have been part of the intended demographic this film was tailored to, but come on. I really expected something more coherent and interesting, maybe even epic. I was let down in the end. 2 out of 4 stars

This movie was pretty lame. I understand that I may not have been part of the intended demographic this film was tailored to, but come on. I really expected something more coherent and interesting, maybe even epic. I was let down in the end. 2 out of 4 stars

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3:22PM on 07/03/2010
For all the people using the kid's movie defense, uh, what? Isn't Toy Story 3 a kid's movie? It's made for kids, but the material is treated with intelligence and respect for the people who are making it and the audience. M. Night felt he needed a hit and that this was "sure thing", rushed it out, and look at it now. And how does being a kid's movie supposed to defend sloppy story telling, lousy acting, and weak 3D designed to pull more money in, because the studio knew it was a turkey?
For all the people using the kid's movie defense, uh, what? Isn't Toy Story 3 a kid's movie? It's made for kids, but the material is treated with intelligence and respect for the people who are making it and the audience. M. Night felt he needed a hit and that this was "sure thing", rushed it out, and look at it now. And how does being a kid's movie supposed to defend sloppy story telling, lousy acting, and weak 3D designed to pull more money in, because the studio knew it was a turkey?
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2:30PM on 07/03/2010

It's a kid's film people!

The movie was good, not great. But it is a kid's movie, judge it that way. Does it compare to LOTR, no but it's not supposed to. It's based on a cartoon, for kids. The movie was a lot of fun, for kids. You get it yet? For kids! If you were 10 you'd love it!
The movie was good, not great. But it is a kid's movie, judge it that way. Does it compare to LOTR, no but it's not supposed to. It's based on a cartoon, for kids. The movie was a lot of fun, for kids. You get it yet? For kids! If you were 10 you'd love it!
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4:33PM on 07/03/2010
I guess that's an excuse for a bad film. Yep, cause kids can put up with terrible filmmaking.
I guess that's an excuse for a bad film. Yep, cause kids can put up with terrible filmmaking.
2:17PM on 07/03/2010
I haven't seen the movie so I will refrain from making a decision just yet, but from what I have heard I think I will wait until DVD. I'm a huge fan of the series and have been reading the reviews with a sort of morbid curiosity, and I eventually came across this unnecessary shot that Variety takes a JoBlo.
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I haven't seen the movie so I will refrain from making a decision just yet, but from what I have heard I think I will wait until DVD. I'm a huge fan of the series and have been reading the reviews with a sort of morbid curiosity, and I eventually came across this unnecessary shot that Variety takes a JoBlo.
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3:03PM on 07/03/2010
But you've already made a decision. You gave it a thumbs down. You should have said "I'm neutral on this for now".
But you've already made a decision. You gave it a thumbs down. You should have said "I'm neutral on this for now".
3:15PM on 07/03/2010
Variety posted an update mentioning the horrible review it gave, though is Joblo being misquoted in ads??
Variety posted an update mentioning the horrible review it gave, though is Joblo being misquoted in ads??
3:39PM on 07/03/2010
Wow. That's not very nice of that guy. He's their TV CRITIC and he claims he's never heard of JoBlo.com. Uuuuhmmmm, maybe cause you're the TV CRITIC and we're a MOVIE site!! Bugh. Too many morons in this world...
Wow. That's not very nice of that guy. He's their TV CRITIC and he claims he's never heard of JoBlo.com. Uuuuhmmmm, maybe cause you're the TV CRITIC and we're a MOVIE site!! Bugh. Too many morons in this world...
4:37PM on 07/03/2010
Hmmm, either that article is posting bad information, or that ad is falsly advertising for this site. Negative advertising. I think this is worth investigating, Joblo.
Hmmm, either that article is posting bad information, or that ad is falsly advertising for this site. Negative advertising. I think this is worth investigating, Joblo.
7:12PM on 07/03/2010
Haha. I just read the Variety article and the following comments. Way to go Joblo, You rock!
Haha. I just read the Variety article and the following comments. Way to go Joblo, You rock!
1:21PM on 07/03/2010

The Big Mistake...

was trying to cram EVERYTHING from the first season into a one hour 30 min movie.
Came out rushed, didn't flow and most of the movie was just exposition!
was trying to cram EVERYTHING from the first season into a one hour 30 min movie.
Came out rushed, didn't flow and most of the movie was just exposition!
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1:11PM on 07/03/2010

lmao

that video hahaha
that video hahaha
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12:19PM on 07/03/2010

A Kids movie?

Are you kidding me? It wasn't even a kid's show. Little kids love the show because of the whole "cool they can control elements and fight" But the over all story is NOT meant for children. Like the anime that inspired the series, it is child accessible on the surface but the story requires deeper understanding. Shyamalan effectively removed story and dumbed it down to "Oh cool they can control the elements". Thats why this movie sucks.

Besides you don't have to be a fan of the show to hate
Are you kidding me? It wasn't even a kid's show. Little kids love the show because of the whole "cool they can control elements and fight" But the over all story is NOT meant for children. Like the anime that inspired the series, it is child accessible on the surface but the story requires deeper understanding. Shyamalan effectively removed story and dumbed it down to "Oh cool they can control the elements". Thats why this movie sucks.

Besides you don't have to be a fan of the show to hate this movie, you just have to be a fan of film in general.
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10:55AM on 07/03/2010
A really good movie. A world all it's own. Shyamalan isn't going anywhere. I hope the sequel gets made. Oh, and the acting was surprisingly great. as someone who's never watched the series, i loved this movie.
A really good movie. A world all it's own. Shyamalan isn't going anywhere. I hope the sequel gets made. Oh, and the acting was surprisingly great. as someone who's never watched the series, i loved this movie.
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12:20PM on 07/03/2010
Wow Miguel you fail! You like this piece of garbage, but gave Toy Story 3 a bad rating.......ur an idiot
Wow Miguel you fail! You like this piece of garbage, but gave Toy Story 3 a bad rating.......ur an idiot
1:29PM on 07/03/2010
Attack of the Clones is your favorite movie, isn't it?
Attack of the Clones is your favorite movie, isn't it?
4:49PM on 07/03/2010
Miguelito is an obvious troll. Don't feed him please.
Miguelito is an obvious troll. Don't feed him please.
4:49PM on 07/03/2010
not my favorite but i thought it was just as good as the other star wars prequels. my name is Michael not Miguel, i was just being dumb. and no i didnt give toy story 3 a bad rating (i havent seen it) i just said that pixar was doing exactly what dreamworks did.
not my favorite but i thought it was just as good as the other star wars prequels. my name is Michael not Miguel, i was just being dumb. and no i didnt give toy story 3 a bad rating (i havent seen it) i just said that pixar was doing exactly what dreamworks did.
4:52PM on 07/03/2010
i forget everyone on here is a movie snob and can't respect anyone else's opinion.
i forget everyone on here is a movie snob and can't respect anyone else's opinion.
6:11PM on 07/03/2010
I disagree, but these comments are obnoxious.
I disagree, but these comments are obnoxious.
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9:50AM on 07/03/2010

Eeeehhhhh?

It amuses me when a movie gets a good review on this site and most people jump on the bandwagon of loving it, same if it gets a bad review. Basically, for a movie to get a good review nowadays, it has to have explosions, robots, and CGI up the ying yang. I wonder how Casablanca would get reviewed if it came out in this era. Oh wait, it wouldn't because it was an original concept and not a remake or sequel.
It amuses me when a movie gets a good review on this site and most people jump on the bandwagon of loving it, same if it gets a bad review. Basically, for a movie to get a good review nowadays, it has to have explosions, robots, and CGI up the ying yang. I wonder how Casablanca would get reviewed if it came out in this era. Oh wait, it wouldn't because it was an original concept and not a remake or sequel.
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10:47AM on 07/03/2010
You think all those people hated the movie because they read a bad review on this site?
You think all those people hated the movie because they read a bad review on this site?
1:33PM on 07/03/2010
So, by your criteria of how a movie should get a good review (robots, explosions, etc), you saying you read a good review for Transformers 2? Original concepts, if they're good, are embraced because there's so few. Inception will be the movie to save the summer.
So, by your criteria of how a movie should get a good review (robots, explosions, etc), you saying you read a good review for Transformers 2? Original concepts, if they're good, are embraced because there's so few. Inception will be the movie to save the summer.
6:26AM on 07/03/2010

dudes in video = pathetic

Who in the hell would shave their head and paint a blue arrow on it after seeing the trailer for this disaster? I'm a big Hellboy fan but I'm not painting my body red and wearing some filed down rubber horns to the third one, even if the trailer is awesome.

I thought this looked awful from the beginning. My girlfriend and brother both were excited, but I just thought the trailer was terrible and never thought this had the potential to be anything other than bad.
Who in the hell would shave their head and paint a blue arrow on it after seeing the trailer for this disaster? I'm a big Hellboy fan but I'm not painting my body red and wearing some filed down rubber horns to the third one, even if the trailer is awesome.

I thought this looked awful from the beginning. My girlfriend and brother both were excited, but I just thought the trailer was terrible and never thought this had the potential to be anything other than bad.
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4:51AM on 07/03/2010
So I only received all the thumbs down votes simply for actually liking the movie, such hypocrites, how is this movie worse then fucking Twilight!
So I only received all the thumbs down votes simply for actually liking the movie, such hypocrites, how is this movie worse then fucking Twilight!
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2:47AM on 07/03/2010

It's a kids cartoon, and a kids movie

I wasn't impressed by (AVATAR)The Last Airbender, but my 6 and 8 yr old kids LOVED it. I think I saw more adults than kids or tweens in the theater, which isn't really the target audience... is it?? ANYWAYS let the kids decide, it's their movie after all.
I wasn't impressed by (AVATAR)The Last Airbender, but my 6 and 8 yr old kids LOVED it. I think I saw more adults than kids or tweens in the theater, which isn't really the target audience... is it?? ANYWAYS let the kids decide, it's their movie after all.
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4:50PM on 07/03/2010
My 7 and 12 year old little brothers HATED the movie... But I am glad some kids liked it.
My 7 and 12 year old little brothers HATED the movie... But I am glad some kids liked it.
2:40AM on 07/03/2010

Not a popcorn flick

Before I say anything else I need to make something clear. I've studied karate for about 16 years now, both the physical and philosophical aspects of it. All I can say about the Last Airbender is that it is NOT a popcorn summer movie. It's a 90 minute philosophy lesson based on the elemnt of water. That said, if viewed as a path to enlightenment, maybe a viewer can find some joy in watching this. If Someone is looking for a rock em sock em action flick featuring a 10 year old black
Before I say anything else I need to make something clear. I've studied karate for about 16 years now, both the physical and philosophical aspects of it. All I can say about the Last Airbender is that it is NOT a popcorn summer movie. It's a 90 minute philosophy lesson based on the elemnt of water. That said, if viewed as a path to enlightenment, maybe a viewer can find some joy in watching this. If Someone is looking for a rock em sock em action flick featuring a 10 year old black belt...move along. This is not a typical summer movie. In essence...this movie is to traditional martial arts as Redbelt was for Brazilian Jujitsu except Last Airbender was not made by a martial artist who understood the deeper meanings or the love of the art. It had potential and there were some spots that stood out but overall it felt like M. Night was trying to grasp something he didn't understand. Believe me...it shows. Every so often the light went on but it's so brief, it's overshadowed by CGI and decent acting. Let's hope Book 2 learns it's lesson and the M. Night gets to a dojo.
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2:09AM on 07/03/2010

side note...

is it just me, or does the end of this movie remind you guys alot of the end of the chronicles of riddick? at least that was tolerable in its own right!
is it just me, or does the end of this movie remind you guys alot of the end of the chronicles of riddick? at least that was tolerable in its own right!
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1:58AM on 07/03/2010

Please don't let the opening figures warrant a sequel

Since this movie is getting such openly bad reviews I hope the studios actually take note of that and not just the potentially big box office figures. the box office figures just indicate that movie was marketed well, and fans just had to see for themselves whether is was good or bad.
Since this movie is getting such openly bad reviews I hope the studios actually take note of that and not just the potentially big box office figures. the box office figures just indicate that movie was marketed well, and fans just had to see for themselves whether is was good or bad.
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1:18AM on 07/03/2010
This is the worse movie I've ever seen. Period.
This is the worse movie I've ever seen. Period.
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3:20PM on 07/03/2010
Worse than Street fighter? (either of them)
-Worse than Dead or alive?
-Worse than Dragonball?
-Worse than Bruno?

Yeas, it looks horrible, and I mean horrible as in one of the worst movies ever adapted but worst ever seen? I don't know about that.
Worse than Street fighter? (either of them)
-Worse than Dead or alive?
-Worse than Dragonball?
-Worse than Bruno?

Yeas, it looks horrible, and I mean horrible as in one of the worst movies ever adapted but worst ever seen? I don't know about that.
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12:11AM on 07/03/2010

A Dud

Jackson Rathbone puts in an effective, menacing and sexy performance in the latest Twilight, but is unbelievably DULL in this stinker -- it's like two completely different actors. And the rest of the cast is as bad or worse. The reason: M. Night's horrible script, pathetic dialogue and confused direction.

In all, a sad spectacle to behold, especially given the potential.
Jackson Rathbone puts in an effective, menacing and sexy performance in the latest Twilight, but is unbelievably DULL in this stinker -- it's like two completely different actors. And the rest of the cast is as bad or worse. The reason: M. Night's horrible script, pathetic dialogue and confused direction.

In all, a sad spectacle to behold, especially given the potential.
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9:04PM on 07/02/2010
my advice is see da movie for yourself, keep in mind I am 32 years old & I really enjoyed da movie, great fx & action scenes, think of it as like an origin story, I caught da show in order 2 familiarize myself wid da storyline & while da movie has no humor or cheese factor of da cartoon, it captures most of da basis of it, da humor wud have felt out of place. My only complaint wud be some action scenes were blurry or hard 2 see clearly, but I think dats bad editing,which cud of been smoothed
my advice is see da movie for yourself, keep in mind I am 32 years old & I really enjoyed da movie, great fx & action scenes, think of it as like an origin story, I caught da show in order 2 familiarize myself wid da storyline & while da movie has no humor or cheese factor of da cartoon, it captures most of da basis of it, da humor wud have felt out of place. My only complaint wud be some action scenes were blurry or hard 2 see clearly, but I think dats bad editing,which cud of been smoothed out more.
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1:18AM on 07/03/2010
use correct english sir.
use correct english sir.
2:51AM on 07/03/2010
well da moovy was da shitz rite? lolwtfbbq!
well da moovy was da shitz rite? lolwtfbbq!
4:39AM on 07/03/2010
sorry for the grammer mistakes, i was posting from my cell phone & my T key gets stuck & my phone also limits the number of characters i can use.
sorry for the grammer mistakes, i was posting from my cell phone & my T key gets stuck & my phone also limits the number of characters i can use.
9:02PM on 07/02/2010
To bad the dude with the arrow an his head, and the dude that looks like the singer from blues traveler dont hate food as much as they hate this movie. fat much?
To bad the dude with the arrow an his head, and the dude that looks like the singer from blues traveler dont hate food as much as they hate this movie. fat much?
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7:19PM on 07/02/2010

Horrible!

Saw the movie this afternoon. Horrile acting,directing, choreography, and effects. Worst movie of the year... and, yes, I've seen "Grownups"
Saw the movie this afternoon. Horrile acting,directing, choreography, and effects. Worst movie of the year... and, yes, I've seen "Grownups"
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11:42AM on 07/02/2010
I bet over half of the bad stuff posted about this movie on here are from people that have NOT EVEN SEEN THE MOVIE. Go on now give me thumbs down, but you know it's true.
I bet over half of the bad stuff posted about this movie on here are from people that have NOT EVEN SEEN THE MOVIE. Go on now give me thumbs down, but you know it's true.
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2:39PM on 07/02/2010
I've seen it. Yes, it was that bad.
I've seen it. Yes, it was that bad.
11:09AM on 07/02/2010
I don't think this movie is as bad as Jonah Hex was, but its not great.

The characters were pretty thin, and I think if someone is unitiated into the world of the cartoon, they may become lost.

The movie felt rushed...each scene moved quickly, and the plot progessed too rapidly, in my opinion.

I did enjoy it. The score was great, the Prince Zuko and Uncle Iroh characters were well cast...but its not without faults.

I don't think this movie is as bad as Jonah Hex was, but its not great.

The characters were pretty thin, and I think if someone is unitiated into the world of the cartoon, they may become lost.

The movie felt rushed...each scene moved quickly, and the plot progessed too rapidly, in my opinion.

I did enjoy it. The score was great, the Prince Zuko and Uncle Iroh characters were well cast...but its not without faults.

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3:26PM on 07/03/2010
Sorry, I can cannot agree with the casting comment. This had to be on of the worst cast movies ever. Compared to the series the casting was way off. The races were completely different from what it should have been. not to mention the lack of acting ability. Far be it from me to say I could do better but some other casting director definately could have,
Sorry, I can cannot agree with the casting comment. This had to be on of the worst cast movies ever. Compared to the series the casting was way off. The races were completely different from what it should have been. not to mention the lack of acting ability. Far be it from me to say I could do better but some other casting director definately could have,
9:05AM on 07/02/2010

shocked at the reviews

I am shocked that the reviews had it out for LAST AIRBENDER. It wasn't as bad everyone said it was. While watching the film I wrote down three things that I really appreciated about this film. 1) The development of the magical world was reminiscent of such 80’s fantasy films such as Willow, Dark Crystal and of course of Star Wars...I mean opening with rolling prologue in the beginning is pretty obvious. 2) I read the joblo’s review of AIRBENDER ten minutes before going out to see the film. So I
I am shocked that the reviews had it out for LAST AIRBENDER. It wasn't as bad everyone said it was. While watching the film I wrote down three things that I really appreciated about this film. 1) The development of the magical world was reminiscent of such 80’s fantasy films such as Willow, Dark Crystal and of course of Star Wars...I mean opening with rolling prologue in the beginning is pretty obvious. 2) I read the joblo’s review of AIRBENDER ten minutes before going out to see the film. So I was weary of watching bad child actors. But realized that with a film that relies on such mental and physical development that child actors are the most suitable for these types of characters. If Shamalyan is pulling anything from the cartoon, which he undoubtedly is, he realizes that the characters of the first book are not the same as they are in the last book. The story of Aang, Sakka, Katara, and Prince Zukko are all about their own personal psychological development. It is a story of children finding their role as young adults in a chaotic world. So yes, granted these character did come off as flat in the first installment. But I am willing to give them a chance in the next one. 3) “Awe shit” factor was through the roof. Lot of great scenes of slow motion kung fu fighting and “bending” is just plain cool. So having mentioned all the reasons why I enjoyed the film I still can’t get over the fact that everyone else in the world hates it. Maybe you had to see the cartoon to like it, but I doubt it. I’ll just chalk it up to “this movie isn’t for everyone”.
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6:13AM on 07/02/2010

oh boy...

rumour has it predators is mediocre too......I think I see where this summer is going...

havent had a good solid summer of blockbusters since 2007/2008!!!
rumour has it predators is mediocre too......I think I see where this summer is going...

havent had a good solid summer of blockbusters since 2007/2008!!!
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6:10PM on 07/02/2010
where did you seee these rumors that predators is mediocre.. such a bummer i actually went on a limb to say the movie looked decent.
where did you seee these rumors that predators is mediocre.. such a bummer i actually went on a limb to say the movie looked decent.
8:03PM on 07/02/2010
I'm really hoping that I enjoy predators anyway. A Team got a lot of flak, and I really enjoyed it anyways. So, even with some saying that Predators is mediocre, I'm hoping to enjoy it nonetheless. Airbender, however, I will gladly skip. With this much universal panning, the film cannot be good.
I'm really hoping that I enjoy predators anyway. A Team got a lot of flak, and I really enjoyed it anyways. So, even with some saying that Predators is mediocre, I'm hoping to enjoy it nonetheless. Airbender, however, I will gladly skip. With this much universal panning, the film cannot be good.
1:24AM on 07/03/2010
Dude, I have no idea what you have been smoking, but all I have been hearing is that PREDATORS is awesome. Like A LOT better than people expected it to be. So there ya go quagmire.
Dude, I have no idea what you have been smoking, but all I have been hearing is that PREDATORS is awesome. Like A LOT better than people expected it to be. So there ya go quagmire.
1:38PM on 07/03/2010
Not shocking after this summer, also, every single trailer for Predators uses all the same footage, not a good sign.
Not shocking after this summer, also, every single trailer for Predators uses all the same footage, not a good sign.
3:28AM on 07/02/2010
I feel like the only people who didn't think the movie was terrible are people who have not seen the show, and seem to have a "well he tried, and that's the important thing," kind of attitude towards it. As a HUGE fan of the show, this is the biggest letdown since last year's 'Watchmen' abortion. Maybe it's just one of those things that can't really be made into a movie---but I mean, that's what they said about Perfume.

I don't know.

I just hope the studio yanks this property out of his
I feel like the only people who didn't think the movie was terrible are people who have not seen the show, and seem to have a "well he tried, and that's the important thing," kind of attitude towards it. As a HUGE fan of the show, this is the biggest letdown since last year's 'Watchmen' abortion. Maybe it's just one of those things that can't really be made into a movie---but I mean, that's what they said about Perfume.

I don't know.

I just hope the studio yanks this property out of his grubby little meathooks and puts it in more capable hands. Oh, and recast pretty much everyone with... Oh, I don't know... Actors, maybe?
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6:12PM on 07/02/2010
Nothing was wrong with Watchmen besides that it was 2 and half hours in theaters. but the ultimate cut is deffinatley amazing.
Nothing was wrong with Watchmen besides that it was 2 and half hours in theaters. but the ultimate cut is deffinatley amazing.
12:57AM on 07/02/2010
I haven't seen it yet, but I just wanted to pick at something about the Joblo review:

The Last Airbender cartoon was NOT AN ANIME. It was created by an *American* company, based on an original story, NOT a manga. In fact, not only was everything developed in the US, but the studio went to great pains to make sure they employed US-based companies to do the coloring and inbetweening - making it even LESS Asian then even most other american-made cartoons. It was actually less Asian than
I haven't seen it yet, but I just wanted to pick at something about the Joblo review:

The Last Airbender cartoon was NOT AN ANIME. It was created by an *American* company, based on an original story, NOT a manga. In fact, not only was everything developed in the US, but the studio went to great pains to make sure they employed US-based companies to do the coloring and inbetweening - making it even LESS Asian then even most other american-made cartoons. It was actually less Asian than Family Guy!

Granted, the art style had a clear Asian influence, so I understand where the assumption comes from. I'm just making sure we're all on the same page.

In fact, ironically, HAD this been based on an Anime instead, the most criticised part of the film - the whitewashing - actually would have made *more* sense, because Anime typically employ very angloamerican-looking characters to fill the hero and close-support roles. Shayamalan could've just argued that he was going purely by the cartoon's aesthetic!

Here, of course, he can't do that because the American studio made sure to present an interesting, distinctly non-american culture.
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12:54AM on 07/02/2010
Get a fucking life it's a movie based on a nick. cartoon!!!! Did you really think it would be good?????????????
Get a fucking life it's a movie based on a nick. cartoon!!!! Did you really think it would be good?????????????
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5:21AM on 07/02/2010
Yeah, a really good cartoon held in high regard by most anyone, kid and adult alike, who has seen it. While I haven't, I certainly respect the material as it managed a huge feat in becoming so great. So yes, the movie should have been good, if only as a service to it's source material.
Yeah, a really good cartoon held in high regard by most anyone, kid and adult alike, who has seen it. While I haven't, I certainly respect the material as it managed a huge feat in becoming so great. So yes, the movie should have been good, if only as a service to it's source material.
7:55AM on 07/02/2010
What a silly comment to make. But yes, like Freeden said, it was a great cartoon so I expected the movie to be great.
What a silly comment to make. But yes, like Freeden said, it was a great cartoon so I expected the movie to be great.
4:12PM on 07/02/2010
You're clearly someone who hasn't seen it.
You're clearly someone who hasn't seen it.
11:58PM on 07/02/2010
the nick toon as you call it might just be the best animated series ive ever watched so yes i expected it to be good.
the nick toon as you call it might just be the best animated series ive ever watched so yes i expected it to be good.
1:21AM on 07/03/2010
Yea actually I did expect it to be good based off the beloved series it was created on.
Yea actually I did expect it to be good based off the beloved series it was created on.
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12:41AM on 07/02/2010
Not as terrible as everyone is making it out to be. Is it a good movie? No, but I don't regret spending my money on it, and the action scenes were pretty sweet for the most part. I'd honestly have to give it a 6/10.
Not as terrible as everyone is making it out to be. Is it a good movie? No, but I don't regret spending my money on it, and the action scenes were pretty sweet for the most part. I'd honestly have to give it a 6/10.
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7:49PM on 07/01/2010

ok let me begin...

after seeing the trailer for this movie, i was suprised night Shyamalan was doing something that wasn't his own. at the same time i thought this could be a good thing. I never really watched the cartoon, but i was fairly familiar. on top of that, i thought the trailer showed a lot of potential. my main thing with this movie was that shyamalan was going to somehwat redeem himself as a filmmaker. Give us a little something different, work with new material, show us that you can adapt something to
after seeing the trailer for this movie, i was suprised night Shyamalan was doing something that wasn't his own. at the same time i thought this could be a good thing. I never really watched the cartoon, but i was fairly familiar. on top of that, i thought the trailer showed a lot of potential. my main thing with this movie was that shyamalan was going to somehwat redeem himself as a filmmaker. Give us a little something different, work with new material, show us that you can adapt something to the screen and really make it work and shine like you've done in your earlier movies.
So now comes today. I wake up and I read Joblo's review and I was shocked that it was THAT bad. WORSE THAN TWILIGHT!? I just felt so bad. Now whenever JOBLO gives a review, my opinions on the movie seem to always match up, for the most part. but this time, like a person who goes to a freak show at a carnaval even though they know they will be grossed out, i just HAD to see how bad this thing was.... and i. was. disgusted.
ya know what.... i'm not going to go into details. its just horrific. as an actor, i am embarrassed by the direction and acting in this movie. no heart, no soul.
to be honest, i firmly believe that because of all the slack shyamalan has gotten from critics about his last couple of movies, i think he DILIBERATELY took on this movie and made it bad just to spite everyone. that could be the only reason that a director who has made such amazing pieces of cinema would make such a horendous piece of garbage as this. I feel bad. i really do. its just not understandable. this one is surely phoned in by everyone involved.
the only actor i feel that put SOME effort into this was Dev Patel. I think he tried here. Not a good follow up choice from Slumdog. We need new minds in hollywood.
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7:10PM on 07/01/2010

Shyamalan

please retire. or better yet, kill yourself.
please retire. or better yet, kill yourself.
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3:58PM on 07/01/2010
Shyamalan used to be one of my fav directors as well but wow he really boned this one! Robotic acting that made Star Wars Episode 1 look like Ben Hur, Terrible pacing, no real connection between the characters/story and the audience and some very odd/long take steadicam shots during climactic moments. Particularly when the airbender is rallying the earth people, that shot was so awkward it sucked the life out of what should have been the scene where the audience stands up and cheers. Please Mr.
Shyamalan used to be one of my fav directors as well but wow he really boned this one! Robotic acting that made Star Wars Episode 1 look like Ben Hur, Terrible pacing, no real connection between the characters/story and the audience and some very odd/long take steadicam shots during climactic moments. Particularly when the airbender is rallying the earth people, that shot was so awkward it sucked the life out of what should have been the scene where the audience stands up and cheers. Please Mr. Shyamalan return to your greatness...do Unbreakable 2! That is my favorite film...ever. I saw it in film school and it's my "2001" so if you're looking for a sure fire hit to return you to greatness go with what is easily your best film (and I've seen Wide Awake).
PS. Although it's tough I still have hope for the man....
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3:51PM on 07/01/2010

Avatar: The Last Airbender fans

are currently burning M. Night Shyamalan in effigy. If there was a mistake he *didn't* make with this movie, I can't think of it.
are currently burning M. Night Shyamalan in effigy. If there was a mistake he *didn't* make with this movie, I can't think of it.
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3:48PM on 07/01/2010

Awesome!

Action-packed, lots of magic and fun dialog. Probably Shymalan's best film since Unbreakable... he's back!!! Can't wait to see the rest of this franchise, and should easily break box-office records this weekend.
Action-packed, lots of magic and fun dialog. Probably Shymalan's best film since Unbreakable... he's back!!! Can't wait to see the rest of this franchise, and should easily break box-office records this weekend.
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3:59PM on 07/01/2010
We are talking about the Last Airbender right? Not sure if we saw the same movie....
We are talking about the Last Airbender right? Not sure if we saw the same movie....
4:38PM on 07/01/2010
Wow, what were you on when you saw this movie?
Wow, what were you on when you saw this movie?
6:25PM on 07/01/2010
Sorry guys, I was being completely sarcastic. Awful movie. TV shows have better dialog and acting.
Sorry guys, I was being completely sarcastic. Awful movie. TV shows have better dialog and acting.
1:03AM on 07/02/2010
[thumbs up]
[thumbs up]
1:20AM on 07/02/2010
Need to work on that sarcasm, pal. Not sure if you were deluded or trolling.
Need to work on that sarcasm, pal. Not sure if you were deluded or trolling.
2:29PM on 07/01/2010

The Decline of Shyamalan

Not that IMDB is the most credible of sources, but it does generally depict the audience's opinion on a film. Here are Shyamalan's films respective IMDB ratings from The Sixth Sense to The Happening: 8.2, 7.3, 6.9, 6.6, 5.8, 5.2. WTF happened to this guy...who bets that Airbender brings him to a new low? Granted (at least in my opinion) Unbreakable is deserving of more than a 7.3...I used to regard this guy amongst my top 5 favorite directors...Now he's nowhere to be found in my top 100.
Not that IMDB is the most credible of sources, but it does generally depict the audience's opinion on a film. Here are Shyamalan's films respective IMDB ratings from The Sixth Sense to The Happening: 8.2, 7.3, 6.9, 6.6, 5.8, 5.2. WTF happened to this guy...who bets that Airbender brings him to a new low? Granted (at least in my opinion) Unbreakable is deserving of more than a 7.3...I used to regard this guy amongst my top 5 favorite directors...Now he's nowhere to be found in my top 100.
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2:18PM on 07/01/2010
I just did not care about any of the actors. Also, that review is spot on with the Caucasian people playing obvious Asian characters. I really disliked Dev Patel here too.

What a load of wasted time. M. Night fails again.
I just did not care about any of the actors. Also, that review is spot on with the Caucasian people playing obvious Asian characters. I really disliked Dev Patel here too.

What a load of wasted time. M. Night fails again.
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2:17PM on 07/01/2010

HOPE ...

... Inception, Predators and Expendables put some quality in this summer's slate ...
... Inception, Predators and Expendables put some quality in this summer's slate ...
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2:05PM on 07/01/2010
i went into this, not really expecting to be blown away, i expected m. night throwing some of his ideas around. but my god, they couldn't even pronounce half of the names right. who the fuck is "uung"? jackson rathbone was horrible, honestly. the only decent actor in this whole mess must have been shaun toub.
the story was completely slaughtered, i caught myself complaining about a number of things throughout ever scene. he made this piece of trash, assuming people have watched the series when
i went into this, not really expecting to be blown away, i expected m. night throwing some of his ideas around. but my god, they couldn't even pronounce half of the names right. who the fuck is "uung"? jackson rathbone was horrible, honestly. the only decent actor in this whole mess must have been shaun toub.
the story was completely slaughtered, i caught myself complaining about a number of things throughout ever scene. he made this piece of trash, assuming people have watched the series when i understand that would be the main audience, but even i was confused, and i know the series.
honestly i thought m. night was going to redeem himself here, but i now hate that man. he has some good ideas, i'll give him that. but no company should allow him behind the camera ever again.
i can only hope they improve and find a new director for the next movie.
2/10
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1:58PM on 07/01/2010
the movie was a mess of too much information and not enough for me to care about.

Dev Patel and his uncle where the only things i could latch onto. They were cool.
the movie was a mess of too much information and not enough for me to care about.

Dev Patel and his uncle where the only things i could latch onto. They were cool.
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1:33PM on 07/01/2010
Why would I see it now after all the shitty reviews I've read? I'll take your word and skip it.
Why would I see it now after all the shitty reviews I've read? I'll take your word and skip it.
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1:13PM on 07/01/2010
one word and a number

UNBREAKABLE 2
one word and a number

UNBREAKABLE 2
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2:07PM on 07/02/2010
The only way M. Night can screw this up any worst is if he casted a female to play Aang/Ung.
The only way M. Night can screw this up any worst is if he casted a female to play Aang/Ung.
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1:00PM on 07/01/2010

The trailer...

I have not seen the film and have no intention of doing so. However, based purely on the trailer, I concluded it would be crap. Whilst, in contrast, based purely on the trailer for Inception I have concluded it's going to be awesome.
I have not seen the film and have no intention of doing so. However, based purely on the trailer, I concluded it would be crap. Whilst, in contrast, based purely on the trailer for Inception I have concluded it's going to be awesome.
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12:59PM on 07/01/2010

to the previous guy

Toy story is for kids too, and that was fantastic. Children recognize poor filmmaking as well. Keep your poor opinion to yourself and don't insult others. you may have liked the piece of crap, but I found it painfully bad, and I have a right to be sick and tired of irresponsible, lazy filmmaking.
Toy story is for kids too, and that was fantastic. Children recognize poor filmmaking as well. Keep your poor opinion to yourself and don't insult others. you may have liked the piece of crap, but I found it painfully bad, and I have a right to be sick and tired of irresponsible, lazy filmmaking.
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1:16PM on 07/01/2010
Lol... you ask me to keep my poor opinion to myself yet you provide yours... Make up your mind.
Lol... you ask me to keep my poor opinion to myself yet you provide yours... Make up your mind.
3:28PM on 07/01/2010
he does have you there, csamperi.
he does have you there, csamperi.
12:58PM on 07/01/2010

Didn't review, so I won't rate but

For you Commander Swass, This is EXACTLY the problem. Kids movies CAN BE GOOD! They used to be good back in the 80's and early 90's. But today we treat our kids like they are retards and don't deserve quality, just pretty colors. Crappy acting, bad miscasts, terrible CG/3d should not be excused by saying "its for kids." I haven't seen it yet, so I won't give it a green or red, but I can tell you that ALL these critics can't be wrong, when they are all complaining about the same things.
For you Commander Swass, This is EXACTLY the problem. Kids movies CAN BE GOOD! They used to be good back in the 80's and early 90's. But today we treat our kids like they are retards and don't deserve quality, just pretty colors. Crappy acting, bad miscasts, terrible CG/3d should not be excused by saying "its for kids." I haven't seen it yet, so I won't give it a green or red, but I can tell you that ALL these critics can't be wrong, when they are all complaining about the same things. Were you one of those people that defended The Happening or Lady in the Water?
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1:13PM on 07/01/2010
I will admit the shoddy up-convert was terrible but the problem with adults rating kids movies is that they go in with a pre-conceived notion on how the movie will be. Others just hate M Night and go in with the mindset that it's going to be terrible. It's like a self fulfilling prophecy. Your problem appears to be that you actually read what the critics say and take it as gospel. Why on earth would you allow another person's opinion dictate whether or not you go see a movie? And for the
I will admit the shoddy up-convert was terrible but the problem with adults rating kids movies is that they go in with a pre-conceived notion on how the movie will be. Others just hate M Night and go in with the mindset that it's going to be terrible. It's like a self fulfilling prophecy. Your problem appears to be that you actually read what the critics say and take it as gospel. Why on earth would you allow another person's opinion dictate whether or not you go see a movie? And for the record, I didn't see Lady in the Water and yes, the Happening was pretty terrible...
5:28AM on 07/02/2010
Normally, I would be with you swiss, but when an overwhelming majority are not just saying that the film is bad but that it's the worst film of the summer, I'm inclined to agree. Why waste my time and money seeing something that I probably won't enjoy? It's better just to trust the 50+ opinions about the film and assume it's terrible. Rottentomatoes is a perfect place to make such a decision. The film got 10% positive out of 94 reviews. Only 9 people enjoyed the film. I could understand if it
Normally, I would be with you swiss, but when an overwhelming majority are not just saying that the film is bad but that it's the worst film of the summer, I'm inclined to agree. Why waste my time and money seeing something that I probably won't enjoy? It's better just to trust the 50+ opinions about the film and assume it's terrible. Rottentomatoes is a perfect place to make such a decision. The film got 10% positive out of 94 reviews. Only 9 people enjoyed the film. I could understand if it were 50% or maybe even 45%, but 10%? 9 reviews? No thank you, I will pass.
12:56PM on 07/01/2010
This movie was garbage. The dialog was stale and unnatural and the storyline was just dumb
This movie was garbage. The dialog was stale and unnatural and the storyline was just dumb
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12:41PM on 07/01/2010

Jackasses...

All of you hating on The Last Airbender fail to realize it is based on a kids show on Nick... It's for KIDS and some of us adults that understand and appreciate that fact. I have kids and I've seen the show and understand the story arc. Granted some of the acting was a little stale but overall it was a great movie and I hope they finish the trilogy because it's during the second and third books that it really gets going... If you haven't seen it, my advice to you is to go in with an open mind
All of you hating on The Last Airbender fail to realize it is based on a kids show on Nick... It's for KIDS and some of us adults that understand and appreciate that fact. I have kids and I've seen the show and understand the story arc. Granted some of the acting was a little stale but overall it was a great movie and I hope they finish the trilogy because it's during the second and third books that it really gets going... If you haven't seen it, my advice to you is to go in with an open mind and you will enjoy yourself...
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12:50PM on 07/01/2010
All of you hating on it? You're the only post. Relax a bit man.
All of you hating on it? You're the only post. Relax a bit man.
12:56PM on 07/01/2010
lol, yes its based on a cartoon, but, its a cartoon that many consider one of the finest american cartoons ever. He turned it into pretty much every other cartoon adaptaion. kinda like DB
lol, yes its based on a cartoon, but, its a cartoon that many consider one of the finest american cartoons ever. He turned it into pretty much every other cartoon adaptaion. kinda like DB
1:33PM on 07/01/2010
AV Club gave Twilight a C & Airbender got an F...all I'm gonna say
AV Club gave Twilight a C & Airbender got an F...all I'm gonna say
2:25PM on 07/01/2010
"Made for kids" seems to be a catch-all excuse for putting up with garbage. You need look no further than a Pixar film to see that truly great family-friendly films are absolutely achievable. Going with an "open mind"? Try going with very low standards, and I'm sure it'll be just as good as Transformers 2.
"Made for kids" seems to be a catch-all excuse for putting up with garbage. You need look no further than a Pixar film to see that truly great family-friendly films are absolutely achievable. Going with an "open mind"? Try going with very low standards, and I'm sure it'll be just as good as Transformers 2.
5:47PM on 07/01/2010
oh and just fyi its based on a manga that just happened to be turned into a show, superfan
oh and just fyi its based on a manga that just happened to be turned into a show, superfan
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