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Les Misérables (1995)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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Not a strict adaptation of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo classic, director Claude Lelouch's ambitious epic instead focuses on the story of two men, a father and a son, whose life stories bear striking similarities to Hugo's character Jean Valjean. The father is Henri Fortin (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a chauffeur (in 1900) wrongly accused of his employer's murder. Like Valjean, he is subjected to a harsh and unfair prison sentence. While Henri vainly attempts to escape his unjust fate, his family

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Drama, Art House & International, Classics

May 21, 1996

Warner Home Video

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The family reads the Hugo novel aloud to him while they travel together, and apparently they all come to realize how much their lives are like great literature.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's part of the magic Lelouch has worked that his story-of-all-stories theme matches the catch-all inclusiveness of his old-fashioned celluloid showmanship.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If it were shorter, we wouldn't know what misery really feels like.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Exasperatingly overstuffed, the movie finally proves disarming (to a point) on spectacle alone.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Lelouch overworks this narrative scheme terribly: By reiterating his point and leaving nothing to our imagination, his cross-referencing shtick turns dull and belabored.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Belmondogives not just the best performance of this film but one of the best of his long and admirable career.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is old-fashioned, tasteful European filmmaking.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A surprisingly effective updating of Victor Hugo's novel.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Arresting images, the timeless battle of good and evil and triumph over insurmountable odds combine to lend a worldly veneer to this three-hour epic. In terms of human destiny, it speaks volumes.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A stunning achievement.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The acting in the film is top notch.

January 28, 2003 Full Review
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Epic French screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

What is most remarkable about the picture is Belmondo's work in three roles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Les Misérables

A great adaption of Les Miserable to WW2.
June 12, 2008
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