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