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The Aviator

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Germany, United States · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 2h 50m
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly
Genre Drama

Filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes is one of the richest and most successful public figures of the early twentieth century. In private, he suffers from debilitating depression and severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, both of which throw his life into chaos and cause him to descend into volatility that may upend his life's work.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

This film throws you into a frenzy, as we follow successful yet eccentric tycoon Hughes through his battle with his inner demons. The storyline might be slightly flawed, but that doesn't stop DiCaprio from delivering an amazing performance, one that will make you forget the little discrepancies in the plot.

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Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

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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The A.V. Club by Nathan Rabin

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

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

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.

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Variety by Todd McCarthy

An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.

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