The Aviator Reviews

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April 23, 2019
Leonardo DiCaprio meticulously depicts the maverick entrepreneur in all his guises -- from the off, he cleverly conveys (through body language) the ailments that would beset Hughes -- noticeably OCD and deafness. It's a stunning performance.
January 8, 2019
The Aviator does make for a rather fascinating and compelling stand-alone story about an industrious, fastidious, obsessive man...
January 25, 2018
Solidly entertaining and visually lush, but this is uncharacteristically safe territory for a filmmaker who relishes risk and grittiness.
October 6, 2016
This is high-style filmmaking wrapped up in a tormented hero whose soaring flights of greatness are matched by the mortal pull of his devils,...
December 28, 2010
Good but not great, and not for younger kids.
August 7, 2008
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).
November 1, 2007
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.
July 23, 2007
Scorsese's most engaged and engaging filmmaking in a while.
September 1, 2006
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.
August 19, 2006
The Aviator feels like old-fashioned Hollywood with a bracing jolt of Scorsese's cinematic flair
June 24, 2006
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.
January 17, 2006
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.
September 26, 2005
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 16, 2005
Scorsese has dreamed up an ingenious method of specifying the period - he's printed each sequence so that it matches up with the color film process available at the time ...
July 5, 2005
June 25, 2005
Beneath the glossy surface there's a niggling lack of depth, but otherwise this is a grand, impressive Tinseltown drama.
June 2, 2005
A tremendous success.
May 24, 2005
The Aviator is more than entertaining and engrossing enough to keep you interested ... for at least 130 minutes or so.
May 20, 2005
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 13, 2005
Regardless of the fact that The Aviator may not be Scorsese's best work, it is unquestionably a creative piece of moviemaking.
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