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5,076 Ratings


Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 2011
Drama, Fantasy, Family


In 1930ss Paris, a young orphan lives in a train station oiling the clocks and seeking to uncover the mystery of a broken automaton left to him by his father.

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Hugo Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2012 | 5 wins including: Best Achievement in Art Direction

2012 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Winter requires silent cinema’s warmth. I suspect Scorsese knows this, too, considering Hugo’s Christmas release. It’s a lovingly crafted confection for multiplexes, a charmed adventure wrapped around a crash-course on film preservation’s rocky history. The lesson’s never dry or forced, but as luminous as the City of Lights itself.
December 21, 2016
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The death of cinema has been heralded countless times over the past several decades, suggesting that we are well into its ghostly afterlife. Martin Scorsese’sHugo surveys cinema from this postcinematic station, returning to the profound connection between childhood wonder and early cinema.
October 24, 2014
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The books most often shown and mentioned within Hugo are storybooks; most significantly, perhaps, the movie history book that the children consult is a work of narrative history. Hugo’s bibliophilia, then, helps the film construct a cinema history that leads naturally from the stories of early cinema into the kind of narrative storytelling that Scorsese himself does so well.
July 22, 2012
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