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Les Miserables Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
David Poland
Movie City News
December 6, 2012
I feel like saying I hate this movie. I really don't. I was just bored out of my mind by its lack of anything real.
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Emanuel Levy
March 26, 2009
Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
[An] attractive, solid rendering of this popular classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 26, 2006
A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The new version is a traditional telling of the story, and there is nothing wrong with tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Somewhere, Victor Hugo must be rolling in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
With a group like this, and with Hugo's literature, who could lose?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Victor Hugo's great novel Les Miserables has been translated to screen at least five times before. Leave it to Liam Neeson to make a sixth seem indispensable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
August's film won't make you forget the musical or the many previous movie versions, but an entertaining, stirring version of Hugo's tale of social justice is always welcome.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Illustrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and the destructive consequences of self-hate.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
August never manages to build any real momentum or urgency to pull the story along -- it's more like he wades through it, moving from one set-piece to the next with deliberate care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
It's not that this is a bad film, after all it does have fine actors and it is based on a great story. It just doesn't live up to its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
there's nothing glaringly wrong with August's film, and several of the performances are terrific. Why then does it seem about as engaging as a well-written book report?
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
irtually every scene feels muted, the passions tamed to a state of dignified dissatisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Much of what I enjoyed of the novel was missing, but then it should come as no great surprise that not all 1600 pages of story would make it to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Handsome production values, strong performances by a top-notch cast, a literate screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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