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Les Misérables

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United Kingdom, United States, France · 2012
Rated PG-13 · 2h 38m
Director Tom Hooper
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
Genre Drama, History

An adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th century France. The film follows the life of French prisoner Jean Valjean and his adopted daughter, Cosette. When General Lamarque, the only government official sympathetic to the poor dies, the pair are embroiled in the chaos that ensues in Paris.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

A classic adaptation of a classic. The performances, the musical sequences, the cinematography, and of course, the storyline, all contribute to the complex emotions within this film--a guaranteed tear-jerker!

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Slant Magazine by

One would be hard-pressed to describe this, despite the wealth of beauty on display, as anything but an ugly film, shot and cut ineptly.


Movieline by Alison Willmore

Even at a generous running time that matches this season's other giant award candidates, Les Misérables seems like it's in a hurry, skittering from one number to the next without interlude. After Hathaway's early high point, it starts to feel numbing, an unending barrage of musical emoting carrying us through Valjean's adopting of Cosette, the latter's first encounter with Marius, the battle at the barricade and a last hour that can feel like it's a non-stop series of death arias.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The tasteless bombardment that is Les Misérables would, under most circumstances, send audiences screaming from the theater, but the film is going to be a monster hit and award winner, and not entirely unjustly.


Variety by Justin Chang

Yet for all its expected highs, the adaptation has been managed with more gusto than grace; at the end of the day, this impassioned epic too often topples beneath the weight of its own grandiosity.


Total Film by Neil Smith

Stirring and striking, Hooper's epic musical won't be wanting for awards and plaudits. Danny Cohen's cinematography is stunning and Hathaway's Oscar is guaranteed.


Time by Richard Corliss

Sensitive souls in search of wrenching emotion can be guaranteed their Kleenex moments; you will get wet. But aside from that opening scene, you will not be cinematically edified. This is a bad movie.


The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

While 'Les Mis' ends terrifically, it cannot make up for the largely uneven experience that comes before it. There is no doubt an abundance of passion and commitment in Les Miserables but when the musical isn't connecting emotionally -- which is at least half the time -- it's a lot of blustering sound and fury that could either use a dialogue break or an edit.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

As the enduring success of this property has shown, there are large, emotionally susceptible segments of the population ready to swallow this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean it's good.

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