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Hugo (2011)



Critic Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.

Movie Info

Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. This holiday season the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with his first-ever 3-D film, based on Brian Selznick's award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home. -- (C) Paramountmore
Rating: PG (for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Selznick, Robert Richardson, John Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2012
Box Office: $73.8M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


Ben Kingsley
as Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen
as Station inspector
Asa Butterfield
as Hugo Cabret
Ray Winstone
as Uncle Claude
Christopher Lee
as Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory
as Mama Jeanne
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Rene Tabard
Frances De La Tour
as Madame Emilie
Jude Law
as Hugo's Father
Kevin Eldon
as Policeman
Gulliver McGrath
as Young Tabard
Richard Griffiths
as Monsieur Frick
Shaun Aylward
as Street Kid
Emil Lager
as Django Reinhardt
Angus Barnett
as Theatre Manager
Edmund Kingsley
as Camera Technician
Max Wrottesley
as Train Engineer
Marco Aponte
as Train Engineer Assis...
Ilona Cheshire
as Cafe Waitress
Catherine Balavage
as Child at Café
Emily Surgent
as Child at Café
Lily Carlson
as Child at Café
Frederick Warder
as Arabian Knight
Chrisos Lawson
as Arabian Knight
Tomos James
as Arabian Knight
Ed Sanders
as Young Tabard's Broth...
Terence Frisch
as Circus Barker
Max Cane
as Circus Barker
Frank Bourke
as Gendarme
Stephen Box
as Gendarme
Ben Addis
as Salvador Dali
Robert Gill
as James Joyce
Catherine Scorsese
as Child at Café
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Critic Reviews for Hugo

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (42)

But once the "Cinema Paradiso"-esque celluloid nostalgia bits kick in, it makes total sense why he succumbed to paying lip service to family entertainment in order to make the movie he really wanted to make.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

"Hugo" is a magical cinematic experience, and a masterpiece so unlike anything Scorsese has made before. Captivating and original, it is the director's most human film yet.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

Henceforth when people speak of movie magic they will think instantly of Martin Scorsese's mind-blowing 'Hugo.'

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Scorsese's moving and magical tribute to the pioneers of filmmaking.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

A children's film for grownups - grownup film buffs.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012
Tribune News Service

A luminous triumph that may just remind you why our hearts leap when the lights go down in a movie theater.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Hugo


Let's be honest, it is pathetic to see a movie that wants to praise the magic of Cinema but doesn't understand so well how to use 3D (though the 3D does work in some scenes), and it seems like two different stories clumsily combined, with also unnecessary subplots and a mediocre leading performance by Asa Butterfield.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

There's a whole lot to love about "Hugo" but most of the time the beauty it strives to connect with a deep emotion, fails to do so. The main reason "Hugo" works is because its visuals are enchanting, it's based in the world of Melies, and it connects different elements of movie magic together to form a great story about magic in technology and film. Though the film is very beautiful and has colorful characters, including Ben Kingsley as Melies and Sacha Baron Cohen as a squeaky legged patrolman, there's no emotional response to the absolute magic. The lead character is played by Asa Butterfield, who gives little to no emotion when delivering his lines, while his backstory, and how he gets himself involved in working the clocks in the train station, is full of holes. The film is strangely paced and the plot is oddly structured. Though it's definitely the pinnacle of ooh and aah filmmaking (based on the greatness of Melies) it lacks the chemistry of the thing it is inspired by.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Yes, a tip of the hat to the origins of filmic storytelling, and yes, made by one of the acknowledged best in the field, but lacking the essential heart connection it reaches for, misses it but only so much ... and that's unfortunate. Nonetheless a good work, with competent professionals all over the place, but when Sasha Baron Cohen steals your film, and as only a minor character, you should know you've got a communications mix up.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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