Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "2011 seems to be the year for well-known directors to take a crack at a kid’s adventure in 3D. Steven Spielberg did it with The Adventures of Tintin and now Martin Scorsese is giving it a try with Hugo. The two films are very different beasts. Tintin plays out more like a classic Indiana Jones adventure film while Hugo tries recapturing the magic of movie making. It’s not exactly the adventure you were probably expecting, but it’s much more meaningful then you’d probably think. More meaningful to its director Martin Scorsese and more meaningful to those who appreciate film as an art form and not something to be taken lightly, without any respect."