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Hugo Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 3, 2012
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.
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
December 2, 2011
Leave it to Martin Scorsese to use 3-D not as a gimmick, but as a means of drawing us into a unique and magical environment...
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2011
Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 28, 2011
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 28, 2011
For all the wizardry on display, Hugo often feels like a film about magic instead of a magical film...
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 24, 2011
I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, unlikely as that may sound.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 24, 2011
It's a fairy tale for mature viewers, but the airy exterior hides emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 23, 2011
One of the most magical viewing experiences of the decade so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5.0
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 23, 2011
Aside from being one of Scorsese's most personal films, it's also one of the least cynical films of this or any other year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2011
Hugo is a mixed bag but one well worth rummaging through.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 23, 2011
Although it brings Scorsese together with people and techniques he hasn't worked with before, it also touches on themes close to his heart: the birth of cinema, and its preservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 23, 2011
Scorsese's film is a richly illustrated lesson in cinema history and the best argument for 3-D since James Cameron's Avatar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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November 23, 2011
As befitting both its fetishistically detailed source material and the era in which it's set, Hugo is Scorsese's most visually accomplished film.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 23, 2011
Hugo is pure movie magic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 23, 2011
If ever the movie gods were to smile on an adaptation, it would be Scorsese's take on Selznick's bestselling book, a valentine to the cinematic artists whose work the filmmaker has toiled so tirelessly to champion and preserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2011
It's as if David Copperfield wandered into a History of Film lecture. Maybe it isn't a great idea to wait till you're nearly 70 to make your first kid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2011
A state-of-the-art affair, an epic adaptation of Selznick's pretty-epic-itself tome, full of dazzling visuals and rapturous tributes to Méliès and the magic of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 23, 2011
Movie magic hangs in the air of Martin Scorsese's Hugo, much like the steam and dust that fills almost every frame.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
November 22, 2011
Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' It's a sentiment that Scorsese seems to have taken to heart...
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2011
Bursting with earned emotion, Hugo is a mechanism that comes to life at the turn of a key in the shape of a heart.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 22, 2011
An odd combo of Babe: Pig in the City and Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma, Hugo is the strangest bird to grace the multiplex in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
November 22, 2011
An endearing homage to a pioneering master of the movie medium, Georges Méliès, from that most masterful modern-day moviemaker, Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 22, 2011
A haunting, piquant melodrama about childhood dreams and yearnings, enhanced with a pleasant survey course in early film history.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2011
"Films have the power to capture dreams," Méliès said, and the way they've captured Scorsese's can't be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
A personal statement disguised as a sellout.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 22, 2011
Scorsese's mad infatuation with films and filmmaking streams through every frame of this gorgeous adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2011
Ultimately, the biggest disappointment of Hugo is that it fails to make the case for 3-D as a legitimate tool for the serious filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 22, 2011
It's serious, beautiful, wise to the absurdity of life and in the embrace of a piercing longing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 22, 2011
Yes, "Hugo'' is a family film and, yes, your children and your inner child stand to be enraptured, but the family Scorsese really made this for is the 100-year-old tribe of watchers in the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 22, 2011
It's a complex fusion of film history and personal history, filled with dazzling embellishments and unabashed sentiment about the glories of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2011
Scorsese's "Hugo" is a hugely ambitious and wholly satisfying feat. It's a living lesson in movie magic wrapped in a classic kiddie flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 22, 2011
"Come and dream with me," a filmmaker pleads in Martin Scorsese's exquisite fantasy "Hugo," offering an invitation that's clearly extended from Scorsese himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 22, 2011
[It's] as much of a personal Scorsese picture as Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. In some ways, this could be his most heartfelt movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 22, 2011
"Hugo" is big, and it exists mainly to dazzle, but its storytelling ambitions are more modest. I enjoyed it more than many a later Scorsese picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2011
What Scorsese has really made is a beautifully crafted love letter to movies, the passion of his life. What sounded like an odd pairing winds up being a perfect fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 22, 2011
In Hugo, the hero has a terrifying dream, perhaps an unconscious recollection of that event. Reality, filmed illusion, and dreams are so intertwined that only an artist, playing merrily with echoes, can sort them into a scheme of delight.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 22, 2011
This isn't a stuffy exercise for movie buffs. It's a real and touching story, full of childlike wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 22, 2011
"Hugo" is unlike any other film Martin Scorsese has ever made, and yet possibly the closest to his heart: a big-budget, family epic in 3-D, and in some ways, a mirror of his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2011
Hugo emerges as a spectacular adventure for film lovers of all ages.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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USA Today
November 20, 2011
A wondrous blend of fantasy and mystery that will appeal to adults as well as children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 18, 2011
In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2011
A passionate brief for film preservation wrapped in a fanciful tale of childhood intrigue and adventure, Hugo dazzlingly conjoins the earliest days of cinema with the very latest big screen technology.