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My wife and I saw Hugo in a theater with, I believe, active 3-D glasses. Which made for a pretty dim viewing experience compared to Up and others we've seen in Imax passive 3-D. I then got a chance to watch it on my mom's new LG passive via DirecTV. The scenes inside the clock tower are somewhat dim to begin with, so the LG's brighter presentation added a bit more life to things.
Just because two of the main characters are children, this is not really a movie for kids -- I think Transformers is more their speed. Although I enjoyed it, the rest of my family felt that it was too slow and tedious. Using the "lost notebook" as a vehicle for conflict and suspense in the plot really didn't make things move along well. If your cup of tea is the relentless stream of video-games-as-movies, you'll be bored to tears.
This obviously was a personal project for the director, which is fine if you too are interested in the origins of moviemaking. It's not surprising, then, that the professionals in the movie industry (Academy, etc.) gave it so many awards.
BTW, the same weekend of DirecTV's Hugo presentation, we also got to see a replay of the 2011 Masters in 3-D. My mom was as impressed as I was with that broadcast -- and she despises golf, expecially on TV. (Maybe I can schedule a visit next weekend for this year's edition on ESPN 3D...)