YMMV / Hugo

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: This article neatly sums up why the movie had a hard time attracting an audience, despite the name of Martin Scorsese attached.
  • Award Snub: Lost to The Artist (another brilliant love letter to cinema in a different sort) for Best Picture.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Howard Shore did the music. What do you expect?
  • He Really Can Act: Sacha Baron Cohen, one of the biggest polarizing comedians working today, has a far more emotional and vulnerable role than usual and pulls it off very well.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Both of his dreams, but ESPECIALLY the second one.
      • The first dream is grim since we see Hugo getting (presumably) run over by a train, although we never see it happening; our only hint at the event is the train emitting a piercing screech as it goes on to barrel through the station and crash through the window. The scariest part? It (or its ending, to specify) was designed as an homage to a real-life train crash.
  • Signature Scene: The runaway train dream.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Papa Georges's backstory.
    • Shoe heels.
    • Hugo begging Inspector Gustave to let him go so that he could bring Georges' long-lost automaton back.
    • Inspector Gustave's embarrassment at his leg brace seizing up again, and his curt explanation. "You see, I was injured in the war, and it will never heal. Good evening, mademoiselle."
  • Uncanny Valley: The automaton.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The opening flyby of the train station. It really shows how well 3D can be used in the right hands. And the aforementioned dreams.
  • The Woobie: Both Hugo and Papa Georges. Actually, everybody at some point.