The Aviator Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
Downright squeamish, skimming only the more palatable facts from the several informative biographies that exist of this increasingly secretive and paranoid man.
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
December 13, 2004
Surrounded by talented performances, DiCaprio nearly pulls off a trick as effective as the illusive world cast by Howard Hughes: it almost looks like he can really act.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Callahan
December 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 16, 2004
Martin Scorsese's biography of the famously eccentric empire builder Howard Hughes is visually sumptuous if disappointingly hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
March 7, 2005
DiCaprio remains a lightweight presence, a cherubic man-child who one could sooner imagine fiddling with an Airfix set and glue than spearheading the adventure of modern aviation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alan Dale
January 13, 2005
No movie directed by Martin Scorsese has ever felt more like work for hire.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 14, 2004
The Aviator could've been a Raging Bull brother film, given that masterpiece's crystalline purity of purpose and humiliated courage. But it brakes far short.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 17, 2004
Someone is going to have to prove to me that those events occurred in that order. Watching The Aviator, I didn't buy a minute of it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 23, 2004
Makes a credible, and often thrilling case that Hughes' greatest creation was the idea of the man who could do anything, but does far less well when rolling in the muck with those who would rather see a crash than a new plateau achieved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 24, 2004
We may enjoy watching the spectacles, but we don't much care for, or even have a feeling for, the guy in the cockpit.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 3, 2010
This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese.
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
Millions of dollars were wasted in Hughes' stumble to infamy, and I'm hard-pressed to get too upset by his romancing starlets or peeing in a bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
December 3, 2004
Considering the almost interminable length of The Aviator and the accomplishments of its subject, the superficiality of this film is appalling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 9, 2005
A cierta altura, El Aviador es cine puro, o las herramientas del cine aprovechadas como nunca al servicio de una historia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
January 25, 2005
The fact is the depth of Scorsese's latest never quite justifies its length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
January 15, 2005
Alas bigger doesn't mean better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 27, 2005
If I were to name a most overrated film of 2004 it would be Martin Scorsese's Hughes biopic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2005
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