I wanted to watch this as I had read the book. I must say I prefer the book over the movie. I agree that it is not for young children to watch. It is probably a little slow and long for them and the moments of tension would probably be too scary for them. It is rated PG and I definitely think for primary children they would need a parent to watch with them.
Wonderful movie - the whole family loved it.
absoluyly beautiful movie, worth watching over and over again
A touching story about the past, present and future. Loved it. The characters had a sadness yet full of strength and depth. Great for both kids and adults.
An very enjoyable movie but definitely not for primary age children.
I enjoyed this movie very much. Good interesting storyline. Incredible special effects with the train . Young leading actors worked well together .
Delightful movie. Appealed to the child in me, but the adult in me was thoroughly entertained as well.
I loved this film. I thougt that it was going to take me on a particualr journey, but then it changed direction and took me somewhere completely different. A magical film, both in the storytelling and visually. excellent cast with a number of very fine actors in more minor roles.
this film was an unexpected joy for me!
Good entertainment but not great
A beautiful, well balanced and meaningful film
Enchanting, engaging, thoroughly enjoyable journey. It was a pleasure to watch this movie. To feel the landscape move through my living room, to see the sights and lights of Paris in a time long gone. To meet Hugo, his automaton and the other members of the train station community. I enjoyed relaxing and becoming absorbed in this film, it is in no hurry.
Enjoyed this movie. Actors all good and story keep you interested.
Given the content of the film, it's easy to see why David Stratton gave it 5 stars [and Margaret 4-1/2] - it's right up his street. Although Scorcese directed, I didn't expect a "Goodfella's" type story - but this was tedious and drawn out. After the famous clip from a Harold Lloyd film, did I not expect the boy to do much the same sort of stunt with the large clock - so ruddy obvious! Martin, hopefully you're next film effort, will be much better!
At the risk of sounding like philistines I have to say we thought it was very slow and long (feels even longer), terrible acting and a weird lame story. Didn't really enjoy the movie. Not sure what all the high praise is all about.
The younger actors supported the older ones very well.
Sacha Baron-Cohen seemed to be miscast but just added his quirkyness.
Well made and entertaining movie!
Terrific performances and an engaging story - draws you in.
Sweet, clever, perhaps some themes out of reach for younger children. I'm sure the book was better. I was so shocked to see Sacha Baron Cohen but he was great. All the performances were spot on.
It was just ok. My husband went to sleep a third of the way through. It got better towards the end.
As intended it is a visual feast best viewed at the big screen or on a very good one at home. The film has a relatively gentle story that is neither dull nor predictable. A great one for even for kids who will enjoy the show if not the story.
I would argue even the slow bits allow you relax and take in the detail.
this was a lovely movie, so nice to watch, great acting, unfortunately the movie seized up and skipped several times.
Excellent movie, a delight for lovers of the history of cinema. I never imagined how they made those fabulous scenes in the first movies.
Hugo was a delight to watch. It had lots of quirky scenes and clever and fun lines. The plot was interesting. I thought the actors really matched their characters and the lively film settings which always makes a film captivating. This "storybook" film is one for all the family and those of us that are kids at heart.
Wonderful film. Tribute to the silent movie era - pity I missed the 3D version. Would have preferred if Mr Baron-Cohen (and others) had a french accent.
It's all a bit boring and too slow moving for me. I didn't understand the point of the movie and I won't watch it again.
very very slow at times, but overall a good movie, touching. great acting on all the actors of all age!
An excellent film which was perhaps a little intense at certain times. My 6 year old grandchild enjoyed it.
Better than the trailers would suggest. Sets were beautiful, and the story charming.
very slow start, but turned out to be a beautiful movie.
Technically interesting to watch the blending of real images vs CGI
everything was good in this, acting, story,etc. the problem with this movie is that when it was released all thye critics were saying how the 3D effects were spectacular.....blah, blah, blah.
....the problem with 3D movies is that some scenes are only in the movie because it looks good in 3D. they don't help the story, or the acting.
part of hugo is about how when movies were first shown, the audience ducked and screamed when a train was shown in a cinema on screen for the first time. i suppose the director was going for this as well.
i'm not going to pay extra money at the cinema to see a 3D movie that critics say are the best 3D effects ever. they may be the best 3D effects......until the next 3D movie comes out.
Very enjoyable movie with superb acting
A good family movie, we all enjoyed it- kids aged 5 and 7.
Winner of 5 Oscars? I watched 1 hr and that was enough it wasn't getting any better. Dull and disappointing
What an incredibly overrated movie. Very boring, I struggled to stay awake.
Good for the whole family
Cute movie. Great for kids - lots of adventure.
A little too long and slow but enjoyable all the same. Wouldn't hold a youngsters attention that long though.
A little slow in places and not really a good movie for young kids as they probably won't understand most of it
There's something magical about this film, and I think what that magic is is that it is able to evoke the atmosphere of the cinematic 'event'. I remember how much I loved seeing "Willy Wonka..." in my childhood (yes in 1971!) at the cinema, and I feel that "Hugo" brings that same awe and fascination to the screen. Hugo is one of those movies to watch again and again.
slow at first but The child actors are beyond their years. Look out Asa and Chloe will be bright A listers soon. They hold this movie afloat. I did enjoy it more than I expected though it was pridictable. Special effects where magical 3.5 rubber chickens.
A baeutiful, sweet, meaningful movie
some good historical portrayal of a specific period in WW1, with Australian involvement. we were not taught this stuff at school
Brilliant Movie. Best we have seen in a long time. Recommended for mums and dads with the kids.
Really excellent acting, superb story line, fantastic effects. Well worth a watch.
Great viewing for the family. Fantastic casting and a wonderful storyline.
A beautiful movie, would watch it again and again
This film was originally released for cinema in 3D. I've only seen the DVD version in 2D, but it's whetted my appetite to eventually see the 3D version. It was a lovely movie and demonstrates what a great film maker Scorsese is. I loved the references to French impressionist paintings too...
very heart renching but excellent story.
Beautiful! Though my 3-yo lost interest pretty quickly. I agree with other reviewers that the movie it's for older kids. My 7y0 loved it. I loved the scenery especially!
Fantastic movie,I wasn't expecting much but was thrilled with the surprise of and entertaining,enjoyable movie with superb filming under the direction of the master director Marin Scorsese. Characters were great,actores were brilliant,perfect movie for the whole family. Loved it and highly recommended
Escellent moves. Everyone enjoyed this.
The most basically written hack job of a script ever written.... so overated its not funny
What a beautiful movie and for all ages.
A thoroughly enchanting movie. The young boy 'Hugo" plays a wonderful part. I hope he goes on to a great career. The story is marvellous, scenery great and every cast member plays an outstanding role. Loved every minute of it. Fantastiic movie.
I loved this movie but I think young kids would lose the plot. It's a bit slow at times and there are scenes which could've been left out but overall its a great family movie if you have older(12 ) kids.
I loved it. A warm and moving family movie that follows a young boy whose inspiration, motivation and creative mind brought him out of the shadows and back into the light. Both my 12 & 13 yr old girls enjoyed it. I think it's for children that are 12 yrs and up as they will understand and enjoy the story a lot more than a younger audience who may find it hard to follow and comprehend.
This movie really divides the reviewers, (as per the reviews below), you're either in the "love it" or "hate it" category, with no inbetween. I loved it, but agree it lost a lot of its lustre by being on the small screen. This one was definately made for the big screen & in the full 3D effect. That aside, I thought it was brilliantly written, directed & acted. For me, its a "don't miss".
My husband like this so much he's going to buy a copy and he usually sticks to Clint Eastwood type movies... me, just a big yawn. Yes, special effects , quality filming, good names in the cast, interesting characters (though not really explored) but also a weak and confusing story, unnecessary details, incorrect historical details, wishy washy ending .... It just didn't make sense.
This is definitely a difficult movie to review. If you are in the movie profession, a movie critic or a cinema buff/historian, you'll probably really love this movie. It's a terrific homage to the lineage of cinema traced back to the landmark silent films. Movies that are skilfully made and celebrate the movie industry and are well executed tend to get positive critical reviews. Robert Altman's The Player and Tim Burton's Ed Wood come to mind. It's all a bit self-congratulatory.
As a piece of cinema for the mainstream, these movies tend to miss their mark. And unfortunately, this movie suffers from the same problem. I love Martin Scorsese's work, and I did appreciate this movie, but it was too drawn out and didn't hold enough interest to really hold your attention. I doubt whether kids would find this movie very rewarding, compared to other offerings which have faster pace and more entertainment.
So be very careful when choosing this movie. If you are prepared for a slow burn pacing, you will find the reward there. If you are watching it with your kids, expect their attention to wonder, if they haven't already dozed off.
5 Stars if you are a cinema aficionado, but only 3 stars for the rest of us mortals.
As can be seen by the varying reviews below be careful with this one. My granddaughter (9) fell asleep, My Grandson (11) said ":just OK". I (64) was disappointed after all the awards hype. Scorsese got carried away with the special effects which were great but the storyline was slow, predictable, corny, lack luster and the characters did not not mesh. Jude Law appears for about 2 minutes, Kinsley & the boy did not "gell" neither did the bland part of Cohen with the other characters. Overall expected more but it didn't happen. Not recommended
was probably mildly interesting for the two people for whom it was written. could have done with either more humour to appeal to children or more action and tragedy to appeal to middle upper class art students, or perhaps more mindless violence to give it ma15 rating for the couch potatoes.as it was, however, pretty slow and predictable and only watched to the end out of sheer hope.
A long movie that didn't have the amazing ending I was expecting, it just never got there. Didn't see how it was a kids movie as they would have lost interest in 5mins. Great story of how the movie industry started but not much else.
Brilliant! An absolute must for any movie buff.
Enjoyed it but it was a bit drawn out at times and not really for kids. Okay.
Adults tend to find this movie slow but then it's not for us. Hugo is for kids - period. Hugo is also for kids with huge imaginations and deep emotions. This is a wonderful tale of magic, illusion and dreams. This is one boys search to find out what's he's put on the earth for and he finds it in the work of George Melies one of early cinemas grand pioneers. Like all good kids stories there is darkness and death but also wonder and the power of love. While kids love the automaton, adults will more likely find humour in Sacha Baron Cohen's station guard. It's a quietly nuanced performance that had me laughing on many occasions. Wonderfully quirky British characters fill the background while Asa Butterfield commands the lead role in a clever and winning way. Love it:)
One of the longest most boring movies i have ever watched!!! We watched it till the end waiting for something magical to happen but it never did. Boring boring boring.
Very confusing with no tie in at the end really. Beautifully filmed and it had lots of potential but just felt a bit slow and weighed down.
What a wonderful film story to remind us of where movies began. Clean family friendly movie that will have you gasp now and again! To enable an audience to suspend their disbelief and be moved to a time gone by. There are no big special effects, it is a simple true story that if you are willing to be the child again.....forget fast moving action and enjoy a story - much like reading a book it is fantastic.
Some extremely good actors in this entertaining, well made & well acted movie. good story but a bit cheesy. 3.5 stars but gave it 3 rather than 4 coz you can't give halves.
Simply an excellent movie.
Superbly made and crafted.
Acting first class from some icons.
Magical but not really a childrens movie. Maybe for some adolescents with a little soul.
It has potential..... I liked it, my husband watched it all the way the kids only dialled in at the end.... I think for a childrens movie (if thats what it was intended for) it was missing the magic. It it had had a bit of make belief it would have shined. but its beleivable I suppose.... brilliant acting I'll say that much, and simply beautifully made.
Extremely boring and slow moving. You can miss half the movie and miss nothing at all, waste of time
Not too bad. Was well put together. Ran like clockwork.
There was so much hype about this movie when it was released and I have to confess I was slightly disappointed after seeing the movie. Yes, it is beautifully made and has a wonderful reallife background story (that I was unaware of until I Googled 'Georges Melies' after seeing the movie) but it is definitely on the slow side and charmingly old-fashioned, being set in Paris in 1931. Not a movie for younger children (too slow and boring for most), I thought my boys 10 & 13 would be bored stiff, however much to my surprise, they enjoyed it. I enjoyed Sacha Baron Cohen's slapstick antics but found young Chloe Moretz irritating - far too perfect and goody-two-shoes. (Have fun spotting actors from the Harry Potter movies!)
Good movie, but a little plodding... as if the audience is one step ahead and waiting for the movie to catch up. I would have liked a bit more "magic". The cinematography is absolutely beautiful though -- a good one to show off a new HD TV or projector.
What a load of nonsense. Because of the cast & director, I kept waiting for the movie to improve. It did not. Incredible waste of an evening.
loved it... totally enjoyable movie
An enjoyable movie but it left a few storyline 'threads' hanging in the air unresolved. My 12 year old son enjoyed watching it with me but wasn't raving about it afterwards. I'd say it's a good movie for a family to watch together but agree with other viewers that there were a few things that didn't 'gel' with me, such as the British accents.
A great movie. The quality of the filming I found to be quite artistic and more for adults than really young children who I don't think would fully understand the feeling of the movie and what it is about. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend to watch it with a child like view.
Looked beautiful... arty film making. Story line was a let down.
good film for adults and children
An utterly engaging film. Beautiful images, strong cast (though the various British accents in the French setting was a bit hard getting the mind around). Suitable for the whole family and highly recommended.
Seems to alter its trajectory in the second act, and not for the better. Eventually brings the film full circle and resolves nicely. Not the masterpiece I was expecting. Can see why Hollywood loved it though, with it's homage to original film making.
There were two ways to go with this movie, tinsel town (equals money) or something equating closer to realism, but dire. I found this Disney style version to be underwhelming. It was just all too twee. The interior of the many clocks a twelve year old boy was supposed to be maintaining were spotless and you could go on forever, but you can forgive all these things because it was a "fairy story" even if it really wasn't. It had a dual personality. The usually brilliant Sacha Baron Cohen didn't nail the part of nasty Station Guard and and he had the weirdest of accents, almost sounding Australian at times. I found the boy pretty annoying at times and no one has eyes that blue. 5 Oscars?.....they must have been going cheap that week.
Charming and entertaining. Clever story line, and well filmed.
Good movie but a bit to deep for children.
Brilliant, takes you right into history and magic! Not for kids though, bit too deep. :D Beautifully created film
I'll keep this brief... Outstanding film making... Outstanding!
A watchable movie but it was nothing like I was expecting from the hype. It was a bit boring and definitely not a kids’ movie. Seemed like a laborious way of telling a 'nice' story that could've taken 30 minutes.
Utterly charming and enthralling story. I would watch it again-even worth buying even though don't have 3 D.
Wonderful. One of the most enjoyable movies I've ever seen and I'm 56 years old!
Keep watching as it gets better. Enjoyed the movie but would not buy it.
A movie starring two kids that isn't a kid's movie. No robots, no magic, just a heartwarming story about the early days of film. Don't watch it with your kids, watch it with your parents.
Beautiful intelligent film. Probably more suitable to watch with pre- teen children - younger kids would get bored with it. Nice one for children and parents to watch together.
Beautiful. The opening, Paris, the Station. Was strange to see Sasha Baron Cohen with what I guess was his normal accent. So used to him doing strange characters. Also he kind of reminded me of the the French officer from Allo' Allo' - Good Moaning..... Couple of plotholes, there was more to Georges reaction to seeing the images in the notebook than just being a grumpy old man. But the visual beauty of the film kept me watching.
What a fabulous movie - beautiful in 3D. My 6 and 8 year old viewers loved it and talked about it for weeks! Would recommend it to all for the whole family! Wish there were more movies of this quality for kids
Not for young children it would be boring for them. I thought it was about a robot and a boy not what I expected. However the picture had some beautiful magical shots there were parts that are sad and you do feel part of the movie. Older children would enjoy this movie.
This is a truly magical film. The special effects are fantastic - you almost feel transported into the Paris station setting. It is a rare treat and suitable for the whole family. We watched it twice.
A movie that's far too long for the very minor and boring story that it is. By the time there's some interesting material on the history of movies it's way too late to save the film. Along the way there are far too many irrelevant and non-sensical scenes. The worst involve Sacha Baron Cohen, whose character is annoying, ridiculous and quite out of place. His appearance destroys the mood of the film every time. All the acting is rather mechanical and forced, which at least fits the story, albeit unintentionally.
this title started rather 'slowly' i thought, but warmed up with interesting story wellscripted and believable characters. Well done, good entertainment for whole family
horrible movie, i don't understand why it was even released it was so boring and pathetic...
what a load of rubbish.Watched for the first 10 mins then flicked thru the rest.Boring,boring,boring,was waiting for something to happen,it never did.
Nice movie, perhaps hyped somewhat up. I thought it was a nice store, a bit predictable and slow. My kids enjoyed it
I had been dying to see this film after several recommendations from friends and family members. We watched it in 3D, and it certainly is a beautiful film to watch. The filming and CG are matched perfectly, and the 3D treatment is free of gags.
The film itself I found perplexing for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was about 30 minutes too long. Character development was unsettling in some ways for such a long film: Sacha I had been dying to see this film after several recommendations from friends and family members. We watched it in 3D, and it certainly is a beautiful film to watch. The filming and CG are matched perfectly, and the 3D treatment is free of gags.
The film itself I found perplexing for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was about 30 minutes too long. Character development was unsettling in some ways for such a long film: Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave managed to work in some smut, Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse is at first sinister and intimidating, then all of a sudden kind to Hugo. Someone as unfamiliar as the reviewer is with the book from which the film is adapted may be bewildered by the multiple directions and vignettes that are scattered through the film. The viewer is constantly wondering which of them will carry the plot forward, but none of them do.
Even though this is some of the best eye candy available today, I couldn't give it 3 stars. I recommend Tin Tin in 3D for a far more entertaining ride, beautifully animated and visually on par with Hugo.
I thought this was a heartwarming story, and a tribute to the early days of film-making was good to see. Might not be for everyone, but would probably be outstanding in 3D
I requested this one for the Grandchildren Breanna 8yrs & Hayden 11yrs but neither of them found it very interesting and I have to admit I was expecting alot better from the write ups I'd seen.
My kids did not enjoy this movie they stopped watching this one half way through, very disappointing thought it would be a lot better than it was.
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. What a letdown. I fell asleep halfway through. This film could have been cut by an hour which would have given it some gutso
Ok, not bad. I was expecting more what with all of the hype. Thought there would be more to the story.
I seen it in 2D, and was underwhelmed. Very predictable, kids didn't like it...
I saw this at the movies in 3D, which was superbly handled. It's a heart-warming tale with two threads that become increasingly intertwined. There is the orphan boy who needs to find his place in the world and there is the faded movie maker who needs to get his mojo back. It's beautifully set and wonderfully acted but the plot is predictable and it is basically a kid's movie, albeit for grown-ups.
An orphan living at the Paris Railway Station uncovers a magical past. A homage to early cinema that is notable for its recreation of Paris in the 1920’s. Nice but oddly lifeless. 3.5 stars
Wow!, what an adventure. Martin Scorsese has done it again. Hugo is a magically heartwarming story. A cinematic masterpiece which pays homage to what cinema used to be. The special effects are amazing , the way the camera moves is just so fluid, you feel like you're flying.
The acting by all is superb especially by Butterfield and Moretz. Hopefully you all got to see this at the cinema in stunning 3D. It was the most amazing use of 3D i've seen by far.