Hugo (2011)

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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.

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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 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) Paramount
Rating: PG (for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking)
Genre: Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Robert Richardson , John Logan , Brian Selznick
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Ben Kingsley
as Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen
as Station inspector
Asa Butterfield
as Hugo Cabret
Ray Winstone
as Uncle Claude
Emily Mortimer
as Lisette
Christopher Lee
as Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory
as Mama Jeanne
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Rene Tabard
Jude Law
as Hugo's Father
Frances De La Tour
as Madame Emilie
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 Assistant
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 Brother
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 (205) | Top Critics (42)

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 27, 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 27, 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
Salon.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hugo

½

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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.
Spencer S.
½

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
Kevin M. Williams

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