(2004)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

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100
Variety
An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.
100
Brilliantly entertaining.
90
Newsweek
DiCaprio is astonishing.
90
New York Magazine (Vulture)
The result is an admirably bumpy ride of a biopic, a rare one that leaves you feeling not safe but bracingly unsettled.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Scorsese has crafted a rip-roaringly gorgeous-looking, beautifully acted biographical epic. But while firing on all cylinders, there's something oddly distancing about the picture.
80
The A.V. Club
A frenzied, sometimes overreaching biopic that paints in bold colors on a huge canvas, the film stars a never-better Leonardo DiCaprio--as perfectly cast here as he was miscast in "Gangs."
75
ReelViews
A flawed but entertaining (and perhaps informative) tale.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Scorsese, I think, is so invested in making The Aviator upbeat and rousing that the movie never quite reveals, the way that "Kinsey" or "Ray" or "A Beautiful Mind" or even a good E! True Hollywood Story do, how its hero's vision and his grand torments could be flip sides of the same temperament.
70
Despite its star's heroic efforts, The Aviator is a gorgeous jet, flying on automatic pilot.
50
Village Voice
The Aviator could've been a "Raging Bull" brother film, given that masterpiece's crystalline purity of purpose and humiliated courage. But it brakes far short.

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