Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    This is one of the year's best films.
  2. Sumptuously exciting, glowing with expertise, seething with life, gorgeously designed and thrillingly articulated.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    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.
  4. 100
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.
  6. 100
    Brilliantly entertaining.
  7. 91
    The Aviator, though, if not prime Scorsese, is the closest thing in a long time to the old Scorsese. What a splendid year-end gift!
  8. It's not his (Scorsese) best film, but it's his most accessible and most thoroughly entertaining.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Barsanti
    90
    This is Scorsese’s "Schindler's List", for better and for worse (mostly the better).
  10. The result is an admirably bumpy ride of a biopic, a rare one that leaves you feeling not safe but bracingly unsettled.
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    DiCaprio is astonishing.
  12. 88
    When it flies, it soars.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    So breathtaking is the action.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 289 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 145
  1. Feb 21, 2014
    8
    Great story, great actors, great director. Not much anything else to say except that the movie is pretty long, if you have no problems with that, go watch it! Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2014
    9
    Really amazing interpretation by Di Caprio and the cast. Considering Hughes was a really complex character considering his severe OCD (possibly better detail than Nicholson in As Good as it Gets). The film itself is a little bit slow in some parts but overall really good quality Full Review »
  3. Feb 11, 2014
    10
    Perhaps one of the more underrated films of Scorsese, The Aviator is an exhilarating look at the aviation pioneer with DiCaprio filling in his shoes with never seen before intensity and some grand set design. Full Review »