The Aviator
The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directed this fast-moving, epic-scale biopic documenting the life and loves one of the most colorful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. The Aviator follows Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 24, 2005
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87%
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good but not great, and not for younger kids.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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).

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Scorsese's most engaged and engaging filmmaking in a while.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
It's quite a good performance by DiCaprio but overall the film is not that compelling and, unfortunately, is too long.
Sam Barnett
'The Aviator' doesn't go deep enough into the enigmatic character to make you truly care about him, which is a problem given that its almost… More
Christian C
An interesting biopic well-acted by DiCaprio. Nothing very bold about the film but it is well shot.
Manu Gino
The Way of the Future. Saw it again! Epic Film! This truly is one of the best films ever made by Martin Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio. A superb biopic of Howard… More
KJ Proulx
Leonardo DiCaprio is stunning in the role of Howard Hughes, a millionaire film director at heart, but his soul is within his aviation career, building planes… More
Raymond Wieser
As much as I like Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator left me feeling oddly left out of the life of Howerd Hughes, but definitely in on how many… More

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