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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2011 127 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 9+

Automaton review

This movie is great! But WARNING in around middle a little more then middle there is a horrifying part were Hugo has a night mare and finds himself being hit by a train but is a dream inside a dream so he wakes still dreaming with the automaton staring at him theres his fathers watch who his father does die and the watch is gone and he hears a tik tok tik tok coming from his bed he searches his bed unbuttons his PJ shirt and his body is completely made of the automaton it is one of the scariest things i have ever seen and i'm 9 years old and i'm not scared of much. the automaton is a very creepy robot thats very old fashioned you can see all the gears and meddle inside of it. the automatons face is a little weird. if you have a kid thats under nine cover there eyes they don't want to see that part. and if your kid is uncomfortable with animatronics or they think there just creepy looking. then of my opinion then don't show them this movie i made the wrong choice watching that particular part.but other wise the movie is fun exciting and the actors are wonderful. i hope you look out for the part. thanks for reading this!
age 8+

Clean, great plot and perfect for family movie night you will enjoy!

It's a heartwarming poignant movie for all family. Absolutely clean of adult topics! Great message and plot. It will surprise you at the end with the lovely history of a great film maker of all the times: Georges Melies. Sometimes forgotten for being so old. If you are a film lover this is a jewel. Although it depicts an orphan that lost his dad in a fire and the whole thing is sad. I am a very emotional mom and did not find the scene horrible and i didn't cry. So I believe the whole story is well managed.

Is It Any Good?

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It might have seemed impossible, but Scorsese has proved that he can pull a Spielberg and create a magical movie -- about the magic of movies -- for all. Martin Scorsese isn't the kind of director you'd expect to make a spectacular film for families. He is, after all, the auteur behind such mobster dramas as Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed. But by selecting Selznick's genre-defying illustrated novel as his subject, Scorsese is able to tackle one of his personal passions -- the history of early film and a very real director named Georges Melies. Once Hugo discovers that Papa Georges is actually the long retired-but-not-forgotten prewar director, the story transforms into a visual love letter to the pioneers of film history, as viewed from the perspective of a young movie fan.

Butterfield is simply amazing. With eyes that evoke every emotion from awe to horror, the young English actor is a revelation, as is his on-screen connection to Moretz, one of America's best teenage actresses, and Kingsley, one of the best actors, period. Cohen provides much-needed comic relief with his manic portrayal of the crippled station inspector, who's also a lonely war veteran; and as film historian Rene Tabard, Michael Stuhlbarg is a stand-in for Scorsese and any serious film lover. The 3-D in Hugo is dazzling and the set pieces as visually appealing as an actual walk through Paris.

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