• PG-13, 2 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Martin Scorsese
  • In Theaters:    Dec 17, 2004 Wide
  • On DVD:    May 24, 2005
  • Miramax

The Aviator Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010

Good but not great, and not for younger kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 3, 2010

This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese.

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

It's all rather sprawling and a bit disjointed, but Scorsese's vigorous pacing and eye for detail hold it all together and provide a vivid setting for DiCaprio's masterful performance (his best work yet).

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Ansen
Top Critic
November 1, 2007

This almost-great epic has one foot in legend: it's a vision of an American titan that could have sprung from the insides of Hughes's own obsessive, perfectionist head.

Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007

Scorsese's most engaged and engaging filmmaking in a while.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

Its plot moves from event to event without a story driving it and the audience is left drifting along.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007

All tabloid style gloss accessorized with brassy special effects, and bloated storytelling based loosely on period gossip.

Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006

full review in Greek

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006

It's almost predictable in the way it delivers the cinematic goods, yet there's no denying that it is a compelling and entertaining look at a larger-than-life individual.

| Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 19, 2006

The Aviator feels like old-fashioned Hollywood with a bracing jolt of Scorsese's cinematic flair

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Despite a pacy, technically brilliant but otherwise slightly ordinary first half-hour or so, Scorsese's Howard Hughes movie is his best since The Age of Innocence.

Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Scorsese gives us a lot more than the Charles Foster Kane of the clouds. He keeps focus on Hughes, the dreamer, who continually reached out, grabbed the future and pulled it toward him.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
September 26, 2005

It's a measure of The Aviator's complexity and ambiguity that it can be read equally as a celebration of rugged, capitalist individualism and as a leftist critique of cutthroat free-market competition.

Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
June 25, 2005

Beneath the glossy surface there's a niggling lack of depth, but otherwise this is a grand, impressive Tinseltown drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005

A tremendous success.

| Original Score: A
Scott Weinberg
May 24, 2005

The Aviator is more than entertaining and engrossing enough to keep you interested ... for at least 130 minutes or so.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
May 20, 2005

Its primary appeal is its speed: It rushes along, from scandal to air crash to movie romance to Senate hearing, each anecdote well realized but never tarried over.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 13, 2005

Regardless of the fact that The Aviator may not be Scorsese's best work, it is unquestionably a creative piece of moviemaking.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
April 27, 2005

If the folks who made Hollywood were going to make a movie today it would be made like The Aviator.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
April 21, 2005

This undoubtedly is the movie Scorsese set out to make, and he made it exceedingly well. Still, we can fault him for choosing to celebrate its subject instead of examining him.

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