The Aviator 2004

The Aviator

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With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.

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Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Cast & Crew

Cate Blanchett
Katharine Hepburn
John C. Reilly
Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin
Juan Trippe
Alan Alda
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
Ian Holm
Professor Fitz
Gwen Stefani
Jean Harlow
Jude Law
Errol Flynn
John Logan
Screenwriter
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Howard Shore
Original Music
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Dante Ferretti
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Critic Reviews for The Aviator

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (193) | Rotten (31)

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

    February 3, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    January 17, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 26, 2005 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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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.

    May 20, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Aviator

  • Jun 22, 2015
    Scorsese and DiCaprio make a formidable duo in this intricate biopic. The Aviator puts together Scorsese's masterful and colorful direction along with DiCaprio's career-defining performance to make for a classical film. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2014
    Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. The film follows the rise and personal struggles of notorious playboy Howard Hughes from his early days in Hollywood filming the infamous Hell's Angels to his buyout and launch of TWA as a leading international airline. The plot lacks a traditional structure and instead tries to give an overall sense of Hughes' life. However, the pacing is poor and kills the film's momentum. Still, the all-star cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and Alec Baldwin, delivers some incredibly charismatic performances. While it has some production issues, overall The Aviator is a fascinating tale of drive and ambition.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2013
    An interesting biopic well-acted by DiCaprio. Nothing very bold about the film but it is well shot.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2012
    SMART. Odd to say it, but underrated Scorsese
    Jeff L Super Reviewer

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