'Hugo' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   10 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   204 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    70
    I found Hugo to be unrewarding, despite its impressive look.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    A haunting, piquant melodrama about childhood dreams and yearnings, enhanced with a pleasant survey course in early film history.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    It's serious, beautiful, wise to the absurdity of life and in the embrace of a piercing longing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a deeply felt piece of work, something which only Scorsese could have brought to the screen...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Scorsese has created an exquisite jewel box of a movie, polished and honed to glittering, diamond-hard brilliance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    A wondrous blend of fantasy and mystery that will appeal to adults as well as children.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    100
    Yes, "Hugo'' is a family film and, yes, your children and your inner child stand to be enraptured, but the family Scorsese really made this for is the 100-year-old tribe of watchers in the dark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A personal statement disguised as a sellout.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    "Come and dream with me," a filmmaker pleads in Martin Scorsese's exquisite fantasy "Hugo," offering an invitation that's clearly extended from Scorsese himself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    For all the wizardry on display, Hugo often feels like a film about magic instead of a magical film...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    In Hugo, the hero has a terrifying dream, perhaps an unconscious recollection of that event. Reality, filmed illusion, and dreams are so intertwined that only an artist, playing merrily with echoes, can sort them into a scheme of delight.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    "Hugo" is big, and it exists mainly to dazzle, but its storytelling ambitions are more modest. I enjoyed it more than many a later Scorsese picture.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Scorsese's mad infatuation with films and filmmaking streams through every frame of this gorgeous adventure.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    Hugo is pure movie magic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    What Scorsese has really made is a beautifully crafted love letter to movies, the passion of his life. What sounded like an odd pairing winds up being a perfect fit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    A stunning exercise in 3D and a delightful celebration of Scorsese's lifelong love of the movies, something he, like Hugo, developed on childhood.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Movie magic hangs in the air of Martin Scorsese's Hugo, much like the steam and dust that fills almost every frame.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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