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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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An infectious ode to the early days of cinema. Scorsese's use of 3D is inspired, although it might be more interesting for parents than their children.
(Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium)
A movie for grown-up film buffs, but one children can enjoy, so long as they don't mind a history lesson on the founding fathers of cinema, complete with 3-D visual aids.
(Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News)
Though it's bogged down by a dreadfully slow and mostly uneventful first act, the movie eventually finds its groove as a rather enchanting valentine to cinema that any film lover will appreciate.
(Jason Zingale,
The pretty pictures aren't enough to carry the film.
(Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix)
n the film, the title character finds a broken-down automaton, a robot that he works to fix with his father. Hugo the film is not unlike that automaton - stunningly made but hollow and expressionless.
(Brian Tallerico,
It has its sluggish moments, but Hugo is mostly a delightful tribute to the magic of early cinema, and boasts excellent use of 3-D.
(Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
I found Hugo to be unrewarding, despite its impressive look.
(Julian Roman, MovieWeb)
Hugo begins as any good children’s fantasy film should, with colorful characters that populate a vibrant world and young protagonists who attempt to unravel a magical mystery. Once the revelatory clue is revealed, however, the magic disappears and we’re left with what feels like a lengthy history lesson rather than a real adventure. Up until the puzzlement trades its fictional roots for factual ones, anything is possible and the sense of wonder and excitement remains alive. Too bad the enigma is solved so quickly.
(The Massie Twins, Gone With The Twins)
An earnest and temperamentally conservative film, and I sometimes got the strange feeling that it was something that a really nice teacher might show in the runup to the Christmas holidays. For all that, it's a deeply felt piece of work, something which only Scorsese could have brought to the screen, which finds a key point when Hugo must use a heart-shaped key to operate his automaton.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
The plot of Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated foray into 3D filmmaking, hinges on a clockwork mannequin. He’s an outstanding piece of craftsmanship, carefully fashioned from antique components, terrifyingly expensive-looking and beautiful to behold. But the mechanisms whirring away inside him are plainly visible – for all the technical wizardry required to piece him together, he’s still very obviously not alive. He’s a perfect metaphor for the entire film.
(Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph)
Film buffs will be in heaven - as their poor chIldren sit in the darkness, bored rigid by Uncle Marty's overlong lecture.
(Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)

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