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
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
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
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
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Scorsese's most engaged and engaging filmmaking in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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.

Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
DVDTalk.com
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
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
"The Aviator" is a triumph of filmmaking. It successfully blends technical artistry with A-class performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
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 | Original Score: A
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 12, 2005
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.

ComingSoon.net
January 15, 2005
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