A being (Noah Ringer) with the ability to manipulate the four elements joins forces with a waterbender (Nicola Peltz) and her brother to restore balance to their war-torn world.
" It gets real old real fast. "
" It's rare to see a film so choppily edited, poorly scripted and spastically directed that you can barely understand what you're watching. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Please, Hollywood, if there's to be another Airbender movie, hand the job to some efficient hack, and not to a once mesmerizing artist who's lost his way. "
" I can see why Shyamalan was attracted to this material, but the results are clunky even by his recent standards. "
" [T]he film works so hard to explain its plot developments that it scarcely has any time left over to dramatize them. Exposition has not merely vanquished mimesis, it has burned its homes to the ground and sown salt in its fields. "
" The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan. "
" This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career. "
" One is bored and stupefied by what seems like an eternity of vacuous spectacle, cod-Buddhist tosh and clunking dialogue. "
" The Last Airbender is like a Care Bears movie that got waylaid in the fourth dimension. It's insufferably silly. "
" 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. "
" All the while, Shyamalan creates an ever-growing sense of 'Who cares where we are; when will this be over?' "
" This is one muddled attempt at franchise-making: confusing, drab, sluggish. (Ugly, too, if you're forced to see it in 3-D.) "
" The puzzle of Shyamalan's racial casting soon becomes secondary to a much more pressing concern -- trying to follow the cluttered story. "
" The TV show created an incredibly complex world over three seasons. This picture (the first in a proposed trilogy) tries to accomplish a year's worth of work in two hours. So we get titles and flashbacks, baldly expository dialogue and clumsy narration. "
" Even 3-D technology can't inject a much-needed extra dimension to The Last Airbender. "
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