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63
He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.
60
Completely harmless and inoffensive, and at the very least, Shyamalan appears to be having a little fun here.
50
The movie is "Star Wars" with martial arts, plus a touch of "The Last Emperor." Technically, it's not badly done; I enjoyed the physical clash of elements, the water balls rising like sculpture in the air.
50
Unfortunately, this all proceeds at a supersonic tempo, with Shyamalan's directorial finger stuck on the fast-forward button. Significant plot points whiz by in this movie equivalent of speed-dating.
50
The story is a much more serious problem, a run-on, overstuffed narrative that feels like a very long prologue for a climax that never comes.
40
Airbender, whether intentionally or not, is pegged almost exclusively to a small-fry state of mind.
38
The Last Airbender (they couldn't use the series' "Avatar" title because another film got there first, without all the bending) is more about marshaling extras and interpolating tons of computer-generated effects and keeping the factions straight. It's a tough sit.
38
A toxic potion that will put children to sleep and kill his (M. Night Shyamalan) career.
30
Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.
20
Unfortunately, its positive attributes are thrown out of balance by its abundant negatives - including chintzy effects, lumbering storytelling and an overstylized, earnest incompetence that evokes "Speed Racer."
0
A dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest.
0
Wall Street Journal
The filmmaker has delivered yet another iteration of what has become a classic M. Night Shyamalan film, only much bigger than before, and, as a consequence, mind-bendingly turgid.

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