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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.

-Christy LemireFull Review

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

-J. R. JonesFull Review

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

-Joe BaltakeFull Review

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.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

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

-David EdelsteinFull Review

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

-Andrew O'HehirFull Review

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

-James BerardinelliFull Review

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

-Richard RoeperFull Review

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.

-Glenn KennyFull Review

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

-Peter RainerFull Review

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

-David EdelsteinFull Review

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.

-John AndersonFull Review

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

-Liam LaceyFull Review

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

-Andrew LapinFull Review

Hugo is pure movie magic.

-Tom LongFull Review

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.

-Ann HornadayFull Review

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 SmithFull Review

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.

-Steven ReaFull Review

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

-Peter HowellFull Review

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...

-William GossFull Review

Bursting with earned emotion, Hugo is a mechanism that comes to life at the turn of a key in the shape of a heart.

-Richard CorlissFull Review

An endearing homage to a pioneering master of the movie medium, Georges Melies, from that most masterful modern-day moviemaker, Martin Scorsese.

-Soren AndersonFull Review

A haunting, piquant melodrama about childhood dreams and yearnings, enhanced with a pleasant survey course in early film history.

-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review

"Films have the power to capture dreams," Melies said, and the way they've captured Scorsese's can't be denied.

-Kenneth TuranFull Review

A personal statement disguised as a sellout.

-Karina LongworthFull Review

Scorsese's mad infatuation with films and filmmaking streams through every frame of this gorgeous adventure.

-Colin CovertFull Review

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 LaSalleFull Review

It's serious, beautiful, wise to the absurdity of life and in the embrace of a piercing longing.

-Manohla DargisFull Review

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.

-Ty BurrFull Review

"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.

-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review


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