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

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The Aviator Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good but not great, and not for younger kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2007
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

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

September 1, 2006
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 19, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

January 17, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005

Bullz-Eye.com

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

A tremendous success.

| Original Score: A

June 2, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

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

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 20, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 13, 2005
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

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

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review

April 27, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

April 21, 2005
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

"The Aviator" is a triumph of filmmaking. It successfully blends technical artistry with A-class performances.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

April 17, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This is a thrilling picture that merges [Scorsese's] gritty style and his adoration of old-fashioned Hollywood. The production design alone makes the film a must-see.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: A

April 13, 2005
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

DiCaprio as Hughes is nothing short of captivating, and his performance here, easily the best of his career, is certain to land him an Academy Awards nomination.

Full Review

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