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Hugo (2011)

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94

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 204
Fresh: 191 | Rotten: 13

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.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

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.

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Kids & Family

John Logan, Brian Selznick

Feb 28, 2012

$73.8M

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Being a hardcore cinephile (like Scorsese) might add a layer of enjoyment, but it certainly isn't a prerequisite for walking in the door. A sense of wonder, however, is.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (7)
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It might be curtains for celluloid, but Scorsese, a boyish 69, clearly isn't leaving the stage any time soon. He directs every film with the passion of his first. And it shows.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Thematic potency and cinematic virtuosity -- the production was designed by Dante Ferretti and photographed by Robert Richardson -- can't conceal a deadly inertness at the film's core.

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (141)
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For all the wizardry on display, Hugo often feels like a film about magic instead of a magical film...

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comment (1)
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I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, unlikely as that may sound.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (3)
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"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.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

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

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

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

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Scorsese is a master storyteller and one of the best directors working today. He doesn't need a gimmick like 3-D to prove this. His films speak more than enough for themselves and "Hugo" is no exception.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

It's an ode to cinema; it's everything that modern cinematic audiences take for granted. This film is Scorsese's gift to an audience that isn't old enough to have ever heard his name.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

If you've become a little cynical about going to movies due to inflated ticket prices, Michael Bay films and chatty audiences, Hugo may restore your faith in the wonder of cinema.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Comment (1)
The Popcorn Junkie

a paean to the birth and continual rebirth of movie magic

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

One of the year's very best, Hugo is a rousing, moving, poignant tale being told on many more levels than what is seen on screen.

February 27, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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...not only pays tribute to the splendors of filmmaking by talking about them but by demonstrating them. It's a picture for film lovers of all ages.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

the most soulful, most personal fiction film in [Scorsese's] career

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Hugo is far too charming, welcoming and beautiful to look at to be dismissed as one of those films that critics adore but audiences ignore.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard

Uma obra com dupla personalidade que inspira sentimentos conflitantes: é fácil admirá-la intelectualmente, mas difícil abraçá-la emocionalmente.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
Movies for the Masses

La imaginación y la perfecta ejecución cinematográfica de Martin Scorsese y su equipo de maestros colaboradores son la llave y la puerta de entrada a este cálido homenaje al arte cinematográfico.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

On some very basic levels, Hugo just isn't very good.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comments (33)
Moviedex

This movie is magic and it honors all those magicians like Martin Scorcese who make dreams we can all share.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Scorsese's unlikely 3D family film takes an agreeably pragmatic stance, that we must embrace the past yet never deny progress.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

A movie that needs to be appreciated for its finer aspects and deeper meaning if it is to be appreciated properly, which is noble enough but could feel exclusive to some.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Audience Reviews for Hugo

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.
April 14, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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three stars
November 4, 2013
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Slow and calculated as it is, as the film progresses, it begins to reveal layers of depth and wonder. Scorsese has created the best 3D film ever (because as good as Avatar looked, there was nothing special beyond the aesthetics), and all of the performers give strong, slightly self-aware performances, and you can tell they all had fun performing. The sluggish pace and abrupt change of subject matter means that a lot of people (especially kids) will either be bored of the movie or simply won't enjoy the sudden history lesson pushed upon them, but I think anybody should give it a try anyways.
September 19, 2013
Sam Barnett

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A young orphan unlocks the secret to the life of a bitter old toy vendor when he tries to steal from his shop. Martin Scorsese tries his very best to ape Jean-Pierre Jeunet in this sickly-sweet homage to the life and work of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès which despite its creative use of 3D and CGI effects and potentially interesting subject matter, just did not work for me. The story centres virtually exclusively around stereotypical urchin Asa Butterfield and his Enid Blyton-esque, jolly hockey-sticks playmate Chloe Moretz and as such the tone of the film is aimed squarely at children. In fact the saccharine soaked, manipulative and oh-so predictable script is very much like that of an animated feature, as is the weakest of the weak slapstick provided by Sacha Baron Cohen whose performance seems to be channelling Peter Sellers and Peter Cook by way of 'Allo 'Allo, and he is AWFUL. Ben Kingsley does provide some quality support however and the section recreating Méliès' work is by far the best part of the film, but it is far too short-lived for my liking. Hugo basically left me very cold and rather bored, although I suspect that this is purely because at its core, it's just not my cup of tea.
July 26, 2013
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    1. Theatre Manager: What are you two rats doing in here? [throws Hugo and Isabelle outside] Better not see you in here again!
    – Submitted by Mike R (15 months ago)
    1. Isabelle: This might be an adventure, and I've never had one before - outside of books, at least.
    – Submitted by Mike R (15 months ago)
    1. Station inspector: We'll let the orphanage deal with you
    2. Hugo Cabret: No! I don't belong there!
    3. Station inspector: Where do you belong then? A child has to belong somewhere!
    4. Hugo Cabret: Listen to me! Please, please listen to me! You don't understand! You have to let me go. I don't understand why, why father died, why I'm alone. It is my only chance.. to work. [looks at the Inspector's artificial leg] You should understand!
    5. Georges Méliès: I do. I do. Monsieur, this child belongs to me.
    – Submitted by Fred M (15 months ago)
    1. Hugo Cabret: I need to know what this means!
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
    1. Isabelle: I wonder what my purpose is...
    2. Hugo Cabret: Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time, trains takes you to places. I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine... I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.
    – Submitted by Nicolò G (19 months ago)
    1. Isabelle: I wonder what my purpose is.
    – Submitted by Pam T (24 months ago)
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