11 October 2011 4:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

By yesterday afternoon, word was out that the New York Film Festival's surprise film later that evening would be Hugo, introduced by Martin Scorsese himself. Of course, it's a work-in-progress, with color correction, a proper score and evidently much more still on the to-do list. "Scorsese and his Aviator screenwriter John Logan have adapted Brian Selznick's acclaimed novel-comic hybrid The Invention of Hugo Cabret as a pure tribute to not only cinema, but also the endangered legacies of its earliest practitioners," writes Movieline's St VanAirsdale before laying out an array of first impressions: "Surprises are fun, but the jury is out." IFC's Matt Singer: "The film's schmaltzy trailer may have left some die-hard Marty fans scratching their heads why Mr Mean Streets would make a heartwarming family film, but Hugo is actually the Scorsesiest Scorsese movie in years." The Playlist finds Hugo to be "one of his most deeply personal films. »

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