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Hugo (2011)


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 190
Rotten: 13

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 78,675


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 … More

PG (for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking)
Mystery & Suspense , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Brian Selznick , John Logan
In Theaters:
Feb 28, 2012
Box Office:
Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hugo

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (190) | Rotten (13) | DVD (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
Associated Press
Top Critic

Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

For all the wizardry on display, Hugo often feels like a film about magic instead of a magical film...

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, unlikely as that may sound.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Top Critic

"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
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

a paean to the birth and continual rebirth of movie magic

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2012

...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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | February 24, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
The Standard

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

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Cinema em Cena

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Full Review… | February 17, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2012

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 13, 2012
The Mercury

Audience Reviews for Hugo

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Hugo Quotes

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 (21 months ago)
This might be an adventure, and I've never had one before - outside of books, at least.
– Submitted by Mike R (21 months ago)
Station inspector:
We'll let the orphanage deal with you
Hugo Cabret:
No! I don't belong there!
Station inspector:
Where do you belong then? A child has to belong somewhere!
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!
Georges Méliès:
I do. I do. Monsieur, this child belongs to me.
– Submitted by Fred M (22 months ago)
Hugo Cabret:
I need to know what this means!
– Submitted by Mike R (22 months ago)
I wonder what my purpose is...
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 (2 years ago)
I wonder what my purpose is.
– Submitted by Pam T (2 years ago)

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