The Aviator
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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 twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes, with his passion for airplanes, to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic called Hell's Angels, which took… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"This handsome movie is an oddly well-behaved one to come from the preternaturally energetic Scorsese."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Good but not great, and not for younger kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Its plot moves from event to event without a story driving it and the audience is left drifting along."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's almost predictable in the way it delivers the cinematic goods, yet there's no denying that it is a compelling and entertaining look at a larger-than-life individual."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"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."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"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)."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"All tabloid style gloss accessorized with brassy special effects, and bloated storytelling based loosely on period gossip."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"The Aviator feels like old-fashioned Hollywood with a bracing jolt of Scorsese's cinematic flair"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"By and large I think this movie's chief function is to give Scorsese an opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of big-time filmmaking and to treat the audience to a heady dose of glamour."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Scorsese's most engaged and engaging filmmaking in a while."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"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."
‑ Jim Schembri, Sydney Morning Herald
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