The book was so perfect, I couldn't imagine the movie would be good compared to the book, but amazingly, it was beautiful! The plot was just right, the actors were great, and the whole movie through I was moved, or dazzled by the images and similarity to the book. It's a magical story, made all the more magical by having it right in front of you. I can't say I like it more than the book, but I'd definitely buy it on DVD when it comes out! Some chase scenes (Hugo is a boy living in a Paris train station, so sometimes he steals food and the station manager chases him) might be a little tense for younger kids, but any tween, teen, or grownup would love it! So, so magically beautiful! Also, the 3D is very cool and worth it. A lot of the movies for kids in theaters these days are jarring, ugly and inappropriate, but this one was rarely perfect. Five stars!