Les Miserables (1998)



Critic Consensus: This intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel condenses the story's developments without blunting its emotional impact.

Movie Info

Bille August directed this Rafael Yglesias adaptation of the 1862 classic by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) about the quest of Inspector Javert to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean, originally an honest man who was jailed for stealing a single loaf of bread to feed the family of his starving sister. This new interpretation of Hugo's epic begins with Valjean (Liam Neeson), released after 20 years of cruelties and hard labor, reporting for parole in Dijon. Stopping at a bishop's house, he's treated … More

Rating: PG-13 (For violence, and for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Victor Hugo, Rafael Yglesias
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 3, 1998


as Jean Valjean

as Fantine

as Cosette

as Marius

as Capt. Beauvais

as Bishop

as Cosette (age 8)

as Lafitte

as Courfeyrac

as Toussaint

as Mother Superior

as Feuilly

as Grantier

as Peasant

as Old Woman

as Letter Reader

as Mme. Thenardier

as Mme. Gilot

as Gavroche

as Foreman

as Digne Gendarme

as Mme. Victurien

as Enjolras

as Doorkeeper

as Thenardier

as Coachdriver

as Furniture Dealer

as Nursing Nun

as Redheaded Gendarme

as Informer

as General

as Old Woman

as Old Man

as Beggar Child

as Bamatabois

as Chabouillet

as Young Homeless Boy

as Stonemason

as Prosecutor

as Gendarme

as Messenger

as Lombard

as Sergeant

as Officer

as Old Homeless Boy

as Wig Maker

as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for Les Miserables

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11)

Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The movie's whole virtuous conception of Jean Valjean sticks in my craw. He's haunted and hunted, but he reeks of a reasoned, noble superiority that's a pretty sterile quality in the hero of an epic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It contains the moments of high drama, clearly outlines all the motivations, is easy to follow and lacks only passion. A story filled with outrage and idealism becomes somehow merely picturesque.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Towering over the entire film is Liam Neeson, the Irish actor who seems at home in any kind of picture, whether it transpires in contemporary America, World War II Germany, or centuries-ago Scotland.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Neeson's is an outstanding, memorable Jean Valjean who does a mighty job of anchoring this film and keeping its drama earthy and humane.

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Les Miserables


24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

A bit overdone, I think. Liam Neeson was the only strong performance. Uma Thurman was just too much. Sadly, even Geoffrey Rush didn't sell. Nevertheless, it has pretty, authentic locations and costumes -- so that's worth something.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Stories of unjust persecution are always intriguing. What a justice system where stealing a loaf of bread is a lifetime prison sentence! I had to read Les Miserables in French in high school, and never quite understood it, so the details are interesting. I thought the acting was well done. Liam Neeson does great work, and Geoffrey Rush is fun to hate.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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