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A sample of reviews from critics across the country.
Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
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A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special.
The scenes in Pandora -- a planet with an Earth-like environment -- are so breathtaking that the narrative seems almost beside the point.
As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it.
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Dances with Na'vi
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