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Based on 41 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    When it flies, it soars. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Aviator has a hole in its center, and Scorsese fills it the only way he can, with spectacle. He makes The Aviator colorful and entertaining from beginning to end. There are worse things. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Despite the film's sporadic lulls, both director and star are on full beam. The first and third hours of this 20th-century epic are as dazzling as big-scale movies get. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Watching the actors and gorgeous trappings is an adventure in cognitive dissonance. I didn't believe a single minute in almost three hours, but enjoyed being there all the same. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Scorsese's most accomplished, most disciplined movie since GoodFellas. His most gorgeous, too, with the peaches'n'strawberries'n'cream palette of early Technicolor films. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A lush, panoramic, dizzyingly portrait of the many-tentacled entrepreneur Howard Hughes. Unfortunately, though it may finally gain an Oscar for director Martin Scorsese, it is not his best work. The movie is disappointingly flat. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen 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. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the year's best films. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Sumptuously exciting, glowing with expertise, seething with life, gorgeously designed and thrillingly articulated. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius. show more

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