Hugo-thumbstandard When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo's destiny.
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Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 79   Rotten Tomatoes page
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Being a hardcore cinephile (like Scorsese) might add a layer of enjoyment, but it certainly isn't a prerequisite for walking in the door. A sense of wonder, however, is. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

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

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

'Hugo': Scorsese's humbling hommage to his favorite art full review

Joe Baltake, Passionate Moviegoer

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. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

For all the wizardry on display, Hugo often feels like a film about magic instead of a magical film... full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, unlikely as that may sound. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

It's a fairy tale for mature viewers, but the airy exterior hides emotional depth. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

One of the most magical viewing experiences of the decade so far. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard

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. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Hugo is a mixed bag but one well worth rummaging through. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

For all my cavils, this is one of those wonders of the world you need to see. full review

David Edelstein, Vulture

Although it brings Scorsese together with people and techniques he hasn't worked with before, it also touches on themes close to his heart: the birth of cinema, and its preservation. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

Scorsese's film is a richly illustrated lesson in cinema history and the best argument for 3-D since James Cameron's Avatar. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

As befitting both its fetishistically detailed source material and the era in which it's set, Hugo is Scorsese's most visually accomplished film. full review

Hugo is pure movie magic. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

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. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Movie magic hangs in the air of Martin Scorsese's Hugo, much like the steam and dust that fills almost every frame. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' It's a sentiment that Scorsese seems to have taken to heart... full review

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