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Hugo Synopsis
An orphan (Asa Butterfield) embarks on a quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An exhilarating tale of magic, machines, memories, and dreams, Martin Scorsese pulls off the neatest trick of all. He marshals the marvels...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
All the actors are wonderful, including Sacha Baron Cohen as a villainous Inspector.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A fabulous and passionate love letter to the cinema and its preservation framed by the strenuous adventures of two orphans in 1930s Paris.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hugo both ticks and flies by, a marvel meant to be pulled from the cabinet and enjoyed again and again.
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There is much to observe, for Hugo (the film) is a marvel of spectacle, a sensory feast steeped in cinematic lore that proves pure joy is...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Scorsese builds Hugo in the Méliès manner, creating a complete, ravishing Parisian world on a soundstage in England and reveling in the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Overall, however, the manner in which the film blends the tale of an imperiled boy and the history of cinema makes for an ambitious and...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What about the kids and families who have no connection to Méliès, little familiarity with Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? Will Hugo keep...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a movie that's kinetic yet slow, whose joys are architectural more than spiritual.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Visually Hugo is a marvel, but dramatically it's a clockwork lemon.
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Scorsese is a genius!!!

By HoodCritic1
I underestimated this movie. I saw the trailer and thought "eh." Then I took a chance and saw it and wasn't disappointed at all. It used the 3D technology superlatively and the story just reveled in...


By nancyrw977
This is such a beautiful and sweet story. It was not at all what I expected but turned out to be an amazing treat. The cast was perfect and it truly was the best movie I have seen in a while....

very good, but not for little kids

By sarahcolemanjarvis
I enjoyed the visual aspect of the film very much. My four year old was bored and wanted to leave. I should have know better than to take her, but she is usually very content to watch most PG...

A Cinematic Masterpiece Like None Other.

By Alon Patterson
Without question, this is an extraordinary film destined to be included among the movie classics of all time. Innovative, exceptional in all ways, it's really hard to tune into any one thing to...


By davidblevi
Loved this movie! Great acting, great story, great scenery. My 8 yo daughter and my wife also loved it. My 13 yo son also liked it, though he said it was a bit long (which is a typical comment for...

Great movie, different than other kid movies

By aravis
I loved this movie because it was different than most kid's movies out there. It had great a great story, excellent cinematography, and a well rounded cast. There were parts that were very slow...

Better than I expected...a timeless classic

By aimtoothpaste
Wow, this movie really surprised and had a great story line. There is a piece that I researched that is true but I do not want to elaborate b/c I don't want to spoil the movie. It was warm, poetic,...


By savvy_granny
Vivid colors, but very slow in telling the story. My grandkids reported that the book was much better than the movie. An Interesting part to me was to see the way the first movies looked but I'm not...

Not quite an adventure

By ddenabean
The previews made this movie seem like more of an adventure, but in actuality it was just a long movie with an okay story. The actors were good, the plot was interesting, but in the end this movie...


By moviefanjared7
My brother and I loved the film! The acting and cinematography were excellent. Although this movie is great for all ages, I would suspect that those who will get the most out of it will be ten...

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Rated PG | For mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking
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