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The Last Airbender

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Boring -- but age-appropriate for young fans of the TV show.

Movie PG 2010 103 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 10+

One of the worst films I have seen…

This film completely disrespects the original series with bad acting, long boring expositional dialogue, and lousy fight scenes. This film lacks all the good aspects of the tv show. No matter if you’ve seen the tv show or not it just isn’t enjoyable

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Too much violence
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (53):
Kids say (166):

There's little joy or wonder or even humor here -- all fundamentals in a movie for kids. Director M. Night Shyamalan has a big problem: He's had five chances to prove that The Sixth Sense wasn't the film equivalent of a one-hit wonder. Even if you're being generous and say that Signs was under-appreciated, that still leaves four other films since Sense that have been at best underwhelming and at worst downright awful (The Happening). The Last Airbender is at least the former, probably because it was an adaptation of a widely beloved cartoon series, but for a movie aimed at kids, it takes it self way too seriously.

Rathbone, who plays vampire Jasper Cullen in the Twilight movie saga, is only slightly less cold and stiff in this movie -- even though Sokka is supposed to be the comic relief. The stilted dialogue is definitely to blame; it doesn't do any of the actors any favors. Only the Avatar himself, young Noah Ringer, shows some emotion, but it's not enough to carry the movie. And even the talented Patel, who made audiences cry with his performance in Slumdog Millionaire and laugh aloud in the BBC series Skins, mopes around with a huge chip on his shoulder. But all of that will probably be forgivable for the movie's target audience of 8- to 10-year-old boys, who are likely to enjoy the live-action manifestation of Avatar no matter how many of their parents find it dull and laughable.

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