Reader reviews: 'Hugo' beautiful or boring?
November 28th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Reader reviews: 'Hugo' beautiful or boring?

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Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is enjoying critical praise and pulled in $14.4 million over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Review: 'Hugo' is a cabinet of wonders

Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum called it "a marvel" and said, "It made me cry, without guilt," but commenters had mixed reactions to the film.

Kmnla called it "cinematic genius," while groomten5 dismissed it as "pretentious and boring, and a certified box office flop."

The movie is based on a children's book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," but some readers complained that it moved too slowly for a children's film.

I thought it was boring and one of Scorcese's most self-serving films. If I was a film student interested in how they did movies before movies were popular, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it. And it seemed to be more about film production than "Hugo." It's visually beautiful, but come on. This was billed more as a kid's film, and it definitely isn't. Three hours and $30 later, not worth it

Just returned from movie with my 17-year-old daughter. Had high hopes! Most boring movie either of us have seen in recent memory.  Slow, slow, slow.  Acting was fine. But waiting for something, anything, to happen was grueling.

But it was a hit with other families.

We took our 9-year-old and her friend. We absolutely loved it. What a beautiful piece of work!

DogtoothRLG raved about "Hugo" and was thrilled by the 3-D effects.

"Hugo" is one of the greatest films that I have ever seen! The 3-D is the best that has been created yet, and the film's direction and cinematography is second to none! I absolutely expected that it will win best picture at the Academy Awards, and it will surely win MANY other awards as well! ALL of the parts were wonderfully played! Do not listen to ANY negative talk about this film for it is indeed a masterpiece in every way! Be sure to see it in 3D as it is definitely the best EVER! Brilliant, Mr. Scorsese!

That prompted a more general critique of 3-D movies:

Every time I go to 3-D movie I sit there for two hours waiting to get poked in the eye.

Did you see "Hugo," or any of the other holiday blockbusters over the weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments, or you can post a video review via CNN iReport.

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  3. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    BORING MOVIE. Couldn't even watch beyond 1/2 way. Even at Redbox it still wasn't worth $1

    March 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frankebe

    If you hate the movie, you're a crank. If you love the movie, you probably never studied story writing. It's neither hateful nor brilliant. It's an overly long, harmlessly dull film with a polished look. I could not find any sympathy for any of the characters, even though I find the true-life story of Melies deeply moving. There is no evidence I can find that Melies became so embittered that he was sadistic (pretending to burn Hugo's notebook was pretty bad), and I found this to be an unfortunate characterization. Then I wanted to slap Hugo several times for being so illogically taciturn. But the movie churns away with a polished look and gives no real offense: no one is hurt, so it provides a couple of hours of lazy entertainment without creating nervous tension; however, during the last hour I started to reach for the fast-forward button several times, each time reminding myself that the remote was not available in a theatre.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rae

    Totally disappointed with this outrageously expensive movie. We took our two grand children 8 and 10 over the Xmas Break with the understanding that it was a kids movie..Ridiculous and very self serving for Scorsese. Should have gone to see Tin Tin would have been a much better film for kids. What child wants to see depressed old film people and depressed kids in a Christmas movie? Waste of time and hard earned money.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Linda

    No cinematic cliche left untouched–audience screaming No no, don't open that door! and someone opens it and bad things happen. Oh, don't drop it–and something drops. Man likes lady but lady's dog bites him. So man buys dog of his own to win over other dog and get lady. Characters behaving illogically (why does little girl – impossibly beautiful-have instant friendshio with Hugo, why is her guardian so incredibly nasty to Hugo, then allows him to fix toys in shop, then teaches him a card trick, then screams outraged, After all I've done for you!–then adopts him to save him from the orphanage. So many things had no background–was this film heavily cut to fit it into the endless three hours? Really a drag of a film, characters behaving like wind-up toys, except for fabulous Sasha Baron Cohen and the dogs.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yachboy

    The best movie I have seen in a long time. Refreshing to see a story and characters developed. Coupled with the rational use of 3D, this is a masterpiece. I sure there will be many that don't like it because there are no shootings, blow-up or impossible stunts, but this movie deserves a mountain of awards and a devoted audience. Martin Scorscese along with a finely tuned cast have delivered the best movie in its class for many years.

    December 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hillbilly

    Whats the plot about? yall want to see great acting and great filming watch gettysburg,gods and generals,and andersonville all 3 great movies

    November 30, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. NYCMovieFan

    Poor Hugo – the filmmakers meant well, they just did not deliver at all. They clearly meant to make a sentimental family movie – but somehow got sidetracked by the 3D stuff. It just does not work at all – we never feel that the lead character really comes to life, and the mechanical man that he is restoring, well, that story leads nowhere at a very slow pace. It's a poorly told tale, poorly paced and other than a lot of 3D clockworks, there is nothing to see. Something like this needs some magic somewhere, or at least some suspense, and this one is just plodding with no payoff! A sad misfire.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ozzy

    Hugo was a reminder of why I love cinema/movies, the power they can have, and why traditional theatres should never go away, there's a magic that can happen there unlike anywhere else. The movie wasn't perfect, but despite its minor faults, it was an overall fantastic experience.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    My friends and I though "Hugo" was simply magnificent (we're all in our 50's). One of the most beautiful films we've seen all year.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. indi

    Hugo was an ok movie, long yes, boring at times, I also didn't undertand why we needed to learn about the history of movies. And here I thought (Twilight wa s going to suck) boy was I wrong.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bigway

    The first part was boring and once the whole movie was over I thought it was one of the best I had seen all year. I got it!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. betsey parlato

    We found Hugo to be a wonderfully creative adventure by Scorsese.a perfectly told message about creativity and the imagination. Perfect casting and 3 D cinematography.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TedW

    Sorry, Synapse you were wrong back then, Forrest Gump is an overblown Hallmark movie.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synapse

      Ted, brother... Enjoy !
      So, FG wasn't your thing- people who agree with me spent 1/3 of a Billion $$$ (in '94) to indicate its status as a beloved cinematic icon.
      You sound like the Janet Maslin review.
      Dissing a great movie experience because it didn't meet your criteria as great art

      November 29, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. Icepick

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    November 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Synapse

    Sorry for those who found it boring, that it didn't have Transformer explosions or sparkly vampires... HOGO is a great movie. Every character is excellent, a movie about persevering and finding love/meaning in a world of change, visually up there with anything Terry Gilliam or Spielberg's done-
    Resppnses remins me of after seeing Forest Gump in a preview & raving to everyone about what a great movie IT was, having to "defend" my oponion after Janet Maslin slammed it in her NY Times review...
    I was right then- I'm right now.... HUGO is great.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |

    Yeah you are. I agree with you white girl.

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    Read my comments. i'm one f$$ked up b!otch with no life

    November 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

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