• 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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Downright squeamish, skimming only the more palatable facts from the several informative biographies that exist of this increasingly secretive and paranoid man.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 16, 2004
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

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 Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C

December 13, 2004
Dan Callahan
ToxicUniverse.com

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 27, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Martin Scorsese's biography of the famously eccentric empire builder Howard Hughes is visually sumptuous if disappointingly hollow.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 16, 2004
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

February 8, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2006
Anthony Quinn
Independent

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

March 7, 2005
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

No movie directed by Martin Scorsese has ever felt more like work for hire.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

January 13, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 14, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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

December 17, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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We may enjoy watching the spectacles, but we don't much care for, or even have a feeling for, the guy in the cockpit.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 24, 2004
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 3, 2010
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies

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 Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2005
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Considering the almost interminable length of The Aviator and the accomplishments of its subject, the superficiality of this film is appalling.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 4/10

December 3, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

A cierta altura, El Aviador es cine puro, o las herramientas del cine aprovechadas como nunca al servicio de una historia.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2005
Rick Kisonak
MovieWeb

The fact is the depth of Scorsese's latest never quite justifies its length.

Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 3/5

January 25, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Alas bigger doesn't mean better.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 15, 2005
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

If I were to name a most overrated film of 2004 it would be Martin Scorsese's Hughes biopic ...

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2005

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