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5,902 Ratings

The Aviator

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, Germany, 2004
Biography, Drama


A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career from the late 1920’s to the mid 1940’s.

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The Aviator Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2005 | 5 wins including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2005 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

American Film Institute Awards

2005 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2004 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

2005 | 4 wins including: Best Film

2005 | 10 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Critics reviews

With Scorsese’s long-gestating Silence finally coming out later this month, and Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes-related Rules Don’t Apply having recently come and gone in theaters, Scorsese’s own Hughes biopic has surely popped back into people’s minds recently. But The Aviator is worth revisiting now in light not only of Beatty’s truly strange screwball comedy-drama, but of Scorsese’s output since then.
December 14, 2016
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The Aviator is a confounding movie, asking us to identify with and understand a man who would never have been able to come down from the clouds and meet us eye to eye. But this is one thing that cinema can do, making the larger than life seem not only on the level but also, even, smaller than us.
October 20, 2014
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By and large I think this movie’s chief function is to give Scorsese an opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of big-time filmmaking and to treat the audience to a heady dose of glamour — knocking our socks off with period re-creations of the Cocoanut Grove, Grauman’s Chinese, and two-strip Technicolor. All that’s justification enough for any entertainment, and on this level The Aviator does even better than most of Hughes’s own movies… There just isn’t a lot to chew on once it’s over.
December 04, 2004
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