Avatar Amazes and Awes
Cameron's comeback 'the most vivid fantasy world seen on screen'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 7:09 AM CST

(Newser) – James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar has been hailed as the future of filmmaking and the stunning fantasy world he has created more than lives up to the hype, say impressed critics.

  • "Avatar delivers," writes Steven Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility—not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22nd-century weaponry—the movie quite simply rocks."

  • Calling the world Cameron has created in Avatar " an Eden in three dimensions," Manhola Dargis credits him with returning awe to the movie experience. "Created to conquer hearts, minds, history books and box-office records, the movie is glorious and goofy and blissfully deranged," she writes in the New York Times.
  • "This is the most technically amazing motion picture to have arrived on screens in many years" and easily the best movie of 2009, raves James Berardinelli at Reelviews.
  • Cameron has created "the most vivid and convincing creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures" writes Richard Corliss at Time. Avatar should be embraced "as a total sensory, sensuous, sensual experience."