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Les Misérables (2012)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 159 | Rotten: 68

Critics Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 261,782


Movie Info

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world's … More

PG-13 (for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements)
Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Claude-Michel Schonberg , Alain Boublil
In Theaters:
Mar 22, 2013
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Les Misérables

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (159) | Rotten (68) | DVD (3)

Tom Hooper gets a bit carried away with swoopy shots, and the close-ups are unrelenting, but crucially he lets the filth and the squalor in.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Fans of the original production, no doubt, will eat the movie up, and good luck to them. I screamed a scream as time went by.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

... Jackman, who should get a Nobel Prize for the way he carries pretty much the whole undertaking on his shoulders, so protean and virile is his singing and acting throughout.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

At the heart of the "Les Misérables" movie was a good idea that just didn't work out this time. The idea was that the actors should sing their songs live on camera.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les Misérables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors.

Full Review… | December 27, 2012
Top Critic

Committed fans of the musical are likely to have their affections reaffirmed. The less devout, however, may conclude that in this case more is less, and fidelity not always a virtue.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Everybody curse Tom Hooper! Everybody feel the gloom! Everybody give thumbs down to the Master of the Zoom!

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Ultimately the film's choppy, camera-goes-anywhere approach works well in translating a play that was never all that interested in the movement of bodies anyway-only their martyrdom.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

[Director Tom Hooper's] old fashioned take is frequently exhilarating and adamant in its unwavering desire to not be dolled up and be given a hip makeover.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

If the entire film were as good as the first 30 minutes, it would easily be one of the year's best pictures.

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

This "Miz" ain't nothin' but a miss.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

standing as it does, nearly alone, one could certainly do worse than Hooper's brave and smart addition to the pantheon.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Film Racket

Any heart, any familiarity in LES MISERABLES is due solely to the actors, and remains in spite of Hooper's best efforts.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Badass Digest

The [film's] conclusion might be that tragedies deserve sympathy, not judgement...and I wish I could come to this conclusion myself but I saw a film directed by Tom Hooper.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Movies With Butter

Within the first six numbers (in a musical containing 666 of them)... Fantine... has lost her job, her teeth, her hair, her prostitute-trainee badge and her life, but not before she sings the weepiest, most maddeningly catchy Susan Boyle song in the world

Full Review… | March 14, 2013

As Fantine, musical theater's favorite emo chick, Hathaway blows away whatever else is supposed to be going on.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013

A guaranteed musical tear-jerker about a jerk who becomes a teary hero.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Concrete Playground

Imperfect, but stirring

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Movie Habit

Riveting and incredibly entertaining...

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Beyond some pacing problems and a few questionable casting choices, the movie works as a towering, somewhat lumbering monolith of entertainment disbursement.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

Director Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), for the most part, balances Hugo's gritty, if romantic tale, with the larger-than-life demands of an adaptation of the 1985 stage musical.

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
KC Active

A gorgeous film if not quite a classic, "Les Misérables" is a beautiful interpretation of the stage production based on the Victor Hugo novel. Not surprisingly, it's a sight to see, and it's directed by Tom Hooper, who helmed 'The King's Speech.'

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A esperança é que, depois de Os Miseráveis, alguém tome o megafone de Tom Hooper e o proíba de entrar em outro set de filmagem.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Cinema em Cena

So many close-ups, it seems better made for TV. Scene transitions are non-existent; the pace is relentless. All this over-the-top selling of emotion makes you look around before exiting-where's the gift shop, hawking more Hugo-not spinoffs and souvenirs?

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Even if you're no fan of the show and think the lyrics doggerel and the music dreary, it's hard not to be bowled over by the barnstorming gusto shown by director Tom Hooper and his cast.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Movie Talk

Hugh Jackman is sensational as zero to hero Valjean. Few can sing, dance and act like him. Here, he combines all three to glorious effect. And perhaps his most underrated quality is his greatest, Jackman is just so darn likeable.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Les Misérables

I'm just going to pretend that Tom Hooper won his Oscar for this and not 'The King's Speech'.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

I just can't seem to get into this. The close-ups are just too much and somehow singing in this movie does not enthrall me at all. The way this was done did not translate well into film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Well, certainly an epic undertaking, seemingly an attempt to kick opera back to life as nearly every line is sung, and that's what you need to know first: its all singing, oy. Its a gargantuan story who's bottomline's about looking on the bright side of life (Monty Python succinctly made the same point in about 3 minutes ...) howbeit with very high production values, phenomenal sets and costumes, a full orchestra and a cast of thousands, all as a bread thief is hounded by some droll official - for his entire life. (What, was there no other crime going on in France at that time more worthy of attention? Or I underestimate the value of bread to the French? Maybe it was really good bread? "And tonite on the news ... the monstrous bread thief is still at large!") Anyway, shaky cam and CGI cannot make up for the underlying problem: nearly every line is sung. I was tired of the conceit early on and only wished for them to stop it, stop singing. No one did. Jackman carries the sucker practically on his own and does surprisingly better than you think he will, while Crowe's presence is okay, and Hathaway does well with her short time onscreen. Carter and Cohen yuck it up as the comic relief. Who are the rest of these people and what are they doing? They're singing.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Way too long and slow with a bit more singing than necessary, but overall it was gorgeous and full of amazing acting. There are several songs too that really captured my heart.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Les Misérables Quotes

Inspector Javert: Unless you learn the meaning of the law.
– Submitted by L Richard A (12 months ago)
Marius: Life without Cosette means nothing.
– Submitted by L Richard A (12 months ago)
Javert: 24601!
– Submitted by Jake H (16 months ago)
Enjolras: I am agog! I am aghast! Is Marius in love at last? I've never heard him I've never heard him 'ooh' and 'aah!'
– Submitted by Jenna L (16 months ago)
Eponine: Hey there Monsieur what's new with you? Plotting to overthrow the state? You still pretending to be poor? Come on, I know your grandpa's rich! Marius: Won't take a franc that I've not earned. All of those bridges have been burned. Eponine: I like the way you talk Monsieur! Marius: I like the way you always tease! Eponine: Little he knows. Little he sees.
– Submitted by Jenna L (16 months ago)
Eponine: Cosette. Now I remember. Cosette. How can it be? We children together. Look what's become of me!
– Submitted by Jenna L (16 months ago)

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