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The Aviator Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    77

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is one of the year's best films.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Good but not great, and not for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very violent airplane crashes, some causing serious injury. Characters drink, smoke, and use strong language. There are explicit sexual references and situations and some non-sexual nudity. Some audience members may be upset by the scenes involving Hughes' struggles with mental illness.

  • Families can talk about what made Hughes so passionate about his many projects. Why didn't he want people to know he could not hear? Why wouldn't Ava Gardner let him buy anything other than dinner? Families may also want to learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder. And they may want to consider whether Hughes might have had to get treatment if he had not been surrounded by people who would do whatever he said in order to continue working for him.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Plane crashes, serious injuries, fighting, stunts.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, non-sexual nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking.

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