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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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In the end it feels pedantic and, like Melies' robot, proves a wondrous contraption motorized by a spring-driven heart.
(Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope)
Often plodding, the plot unfolding as if through a sea of molasses. The only real audience for this is film critics, scholars and buffs.
(Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews)
A plea for film preservation made in the medium that's killing it, Hugo unwittingly proves that old movies really were better.
(Ann Lewinson, Boston Phoenix)
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)
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.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Perfunctorily mounted as a children's adventure, Hugo is weirdly staid in its pacing, and the screenplay, by Scorsese's Aviator collaborator John Logan, is full of groaners. The movie is far more successful as a barely veiled issue flick.
(Karina Longworth, Village Voice)
You still can't help admiring the project's ambition; an odd combo of Babe: Pig in the City and Godard's Histoire(s) du cinema, Hugo is the strangest bird to grace the multiplex in a while.
(Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York)
Visually Hugo is a marvel, but dramatically it's a clockwork lemon.
(Joe Morgenstern,Wall Street Journal)
Young Hugo (Asa Butterfield), a boy who literally lives inside the clocks he manages in a grand Paris train station in the 1930s, embodies one problem that bedeviled even Dickens: He's boringly nice.
(Kyle Smith, New York Post)
Kingsley's performance can't distract from what is a rather flimsy story, which, at times, felt rushed as the history lesson and 3D imagery seemed to become more important than the story. Hugo is a film that after seeing it once I don't need to see it again. I wasn't wowed enough by the imagery or moved to any measure by the story.
(Brad Brevet, Rope of Silicon)

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