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  Hugo Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.72 /10
Asa Butterfield , Chloe Grace Moretz , Ben Kingsley
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Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: John Logan, based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Released: 2011
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 122

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Scorsese's film is a richly illustrated lesson in cinema history and the best argument for 3-D since James Cameron's Avatar.
(Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail)
Scorsese's Hugo is oversized, ambitious and expensive-looking - and still it manages to be lovely, which is the hardest task of all to pull off, even for an alleged movie genius like Scorsese.
(Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline)
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)
Can we take back the Oscar for The Departed and give it to Hugo instead?
(Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online)
[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.
(Rene Rodriguez , Miami Herald)
Scorsese's mastery of the medium is evident in every frame of his beguiling adaptation of Brian Selznick's children's book, which is also the director's love letter to the art of cinema itself.
(Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion)
In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages.
(Peter Debruge, Variety)
If Martin Scorsese is going to do a family-friendly film in 3D, it should be no surprise that it turns out to be a visually stunning (if ponderous and over-long) tribute to nothing short of the invention of cinema.
(Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound)
The best children's movie of the century so far
(Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
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)
It's a fairy tale for mature viewers, but the airy exterior hides emotional depth.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
Magical and imaginative, this eye-popping masterpiece from director Martin Scorsese will transport audiences to a place they won't believe.
(Pete Hammond, Boxoffice)
I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, of all people. If you were bewildered by the news that Scorsese was apparently blundering into Steven Spielberg’s territory and making a 3-D family spectacle for the holidays, wonder no longer. Indeed, I am tempted to guess that Scorsese’s Hugo, which screened as a work in progress on Monday night at the New York Film Festival, is the best movie that anyone will make in the current 3-D wave, which shows distinct signs of ebbing.
(Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)
It has a lot of the warm holiday charm of the early Harry Potter movies, but with a fierce love for cinema and an uncommon cast of characters that makes it unique, and maybe even better suited for adults than for kids. Uncle Marty is taking us to film school and using all his cinematic magic to make us like it; even if a history lesson isn't what you come in for, you'll probably leave glad to have enrolled.
(Katey Rich, CinemaBlend)
Easily one of 2011′s best films, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a lyrical dream, a film that pays homage to what is so transformative about cinema — its possibilities, its power, and its magic. You’d probably think, then, that Hugo would be full of rapid-fire cuts and scenes that move so fast you can’t keep up with them. That would be true, probably, of the movie you’d imagine Scorsese would make when dabbling in 3-D for the first time. That is what I expected. The last thing I expected was this slow dance, this melancholy masterpiece that takes its time telling its story, and fills itself not only with dazzling visuals but moments of genuine sentiment... In a perfect world, Hugo would be nominated for Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor. But the Academy has a blind-spot for movies involving children, just as it has a blind-spot for “genre movies.” So I won’t get my hopes up that Hugo will be nominated in the major categories. All I can do is talk about what a great movie it is, how talented Scorsese still is. Hugo may be his most personal film because it shows the purity of his love for film-making and films themselves, his respect for the history of cinema and the promise of its future.
(Sasha Stone, Awards Daily)
This impulse to recognize and rehabilitate a filmmaker and his work lies at the core of Hugo and has perhaps never before been so lovingly and extensively expressed in a narrative feature. As the film pushes into its second hour, Scorsese and his team imaginatively and exactingly recreate the shooting of scenes from several notable Melies films, replicating the extraordinary sets, costumes and “special effects” they employed, and which often featured the director's wife Jeanne (Helen McCrory). A particular point is made of how Melies' films were hand-colored, frame by frame, the results of which are vividly rendered through the fortuitous recent Lobster Films color restoration of A Trip to the Moon. In related contexts, many other silent films — some famous, others not so much — are sampled in an enormously expressive but admirably disciplined manner.
(Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter)
Scorsese has said that he made Hugo partially as a film that at last his young daughter, understandably barred from his other pictures, could see and enjoy. But it proves to be a gift to filmgoers of all ages — as well as a beautiful tribute by a great filmmaker to the art to which he’s devoted his life. It could serve as a fitting capstone to his career — if one didn’t hope that there are still plenty more where this one came from.
(Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion)
This is a great director’s greatest love story.
(Kim Newman, Empire)
A moving, funny and exhilarating film, an imaginative history lesson in the form of a detective story.
(Philip French, Observer)

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