Academy Awards 2010 -
Best Art Direction: Robert Stromberg
Academy Awards 2010 -
Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri
Los Angeles Times - 12/11/2009
"An extraordinary act of visual imagination....To see AVATAR is to feel like you understand filmmaking in three dimensions for the first time."
USA Today - 12/16/2009 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."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/11/2009 4 stars out of 4 -- "AVATAR is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough."
Box Office - 12/16/2009 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."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/25/2009
"As a spectacle, AVATAR is indelible -- a true rush..." -- Grade: B
New York Times - 12/18/2009
"[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."
Variety - 12/10/2009
"[AVATAR] delivers unique spectacle, breathtaking sights, narrative excitement and an overarching anti-imperialist, back-to-nature theme....[T]he picture is a triumph..."
Hollywood Reporter - 12/10/2009
"[Cameron] brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is AVATAR."
Total Film - 12/11/2009 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's utterly captivating. A glistening banquet for the senses."
Rolling Stone - 01/21/2010 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.
Washington Post - 12/18/2009
"Cameron has managed to get genuine performances....Worthington and especially Saldana do a terrific job of imbuing their characters with life and spirit..."
Movieline - 12/18/2009
"[A]s heartfelt as it is spectacular...As a showman Cameron will not be denied."
Empire - 06/01/2010 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."
Premiere - 04/22/2010 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."
ALIENS and THE TERMINATOR director James Cameron returns to the genre that made him famous with AVATAR. As an avatar (a human mind housed in an alien body), an ex-Marine finds his inner conflict competes with the far-flung war he must fight. This sci-fi film reunites the director with his ALIENS actress, Sigourney Weaver, and it co-stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez. Cameron also brings on WETA, the special effects team behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in his efforts to create this 3-D film filled with awe-inspiring CGI.