Hugo Reviews

  • I found Hugo to be unrewarding, despite its impressive look.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • A haunting, piquant melodrama about childhood dreams and yearnings, enhanced with a pleasant survey course in early film history.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's serious, beautiful, wise to the absurdity of life and in the embrace of a piercing longing.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A wondrous blend of fantasy and mystery that will appeal to adults as well as children.

    USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A personal statement disguised as a sellout.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • "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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • "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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

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

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A state-of-the-art affair, an epic adaptation of Selznick's pretty-epic-itself tome, full of dazzling visuals and rapturous tributes to Melies and the magic of movies.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Scorsese's mad infatuation with films and filmmaking streams through every frame of this gorgeous adventure.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hugo is pure movie magic.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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