I guess the difference between me and Ms. Longworth is that I went into this movie ignorant of Scorceses' "causal motivations" and simply allowed myself to be caught up in the story of two wounded people -a child and an elderly man - and how, through the actions of the child and the RE-actions of the man, they both became healed. It is a beautiful movie. I did NOT see it in 3D by the way and spent $5.50 for matinee ticket. I have for the most part ignored 3D all together unless I'm on a ride at Disneyland or Universal Studios. I go to the movies to be told a story, and while I appreciate the stunning technology of movies today, I never want that tech to overwhelm the story itself. If I'm in the mood for a roller-coaster ride, maybe, but with a movie like Hugo, i preferred (and was absolutely delighted by) the stunning-enough digital quality of the 2D version. Ms. Longworths cynical review implies an all too journalist POV. I recognize that you ARE a journalist, but it saddens me that you are such a slave to your "work" that you are apparently unable to allow yourself to be swept up by the beauty of a wonderful story, beautifully told.