The Aviator Reviews

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December 23, 2004
A stunning mosaic of contradictions.
December 23, 2004
Other Scorsese films have carried more passion, but none has so brilliantly captured a lost era, or a lost American icon.
December 23, 2004
Scorsese's most accomplished, most disciplined movie since GoodFellas.
December 23, 2004
A famous subject. A talented star. A script that combines spectacular special effects with an intimate look at a man slipping into madness. A master filmmaker back at the top of his game.
December 22, 2004
It's a wonderful showcase for Scorsese's passion for making movies, which, in a sense, parallels the passion Hughes had for making movies.
December 21, 2004
This is conservative, well-crafted, Oscar-friendly fare; rarely bold, but extremely well-told.
December 20, 2004
Few biopics with this kind of crazy scope have ever been so seamless.
December 19, 2004
The result is an admirably bumpy ride of a biopic, a rare one that leaves you feeling not safe but bracingly unsettled.
December 18, 2004
It's stylish and fleet, and even though it's meticulously detailed, Scorsese's devotion to technique never weighs it down.
December 18, 2004
A compelling and occasionally stirring movie experience.
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.
December 17, 2004
As Hughes, DiCaprio is nimble and appealing.
December 17, 2004
Another director would have made an uplifting picture about a great American success. Scorsese, instead, has made the only picture he could, risking studio millions on an intensely personal epic about a dark, complicated failure.
December 17, 2004
Unfortunately, though it may finally gain an Oscar for director Martin Scorsese, it is not his best work. The movie is disappointingly flat.
December 17, 2004
The movie equivalent of a lavish coffee-table book, a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood from one of its foremost students.
December 17, 2004
Scorsese's mournful celebration of Hughes's life from the 1920s to the late 1940s could be called Citizen Pain.
December 17, 2004
The Aviator is the perfect melding of talent and material.
December 16, 2004
The first and third hours of this 20th-century epic are as dazzling as big-scale movies get.
December 16, 2004
Tainted or not, Hughes' life was a remarkable one, and, flawed or not, Scorsese's film version deserves the same accolade.
December 16, 2004
Martin Scorsese's biography of the famously eccentric empire builder Howard Hughes is visually sumptuous if disappointingly hollow.
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