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Les Misérables (2012)



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

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

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



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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

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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.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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... 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.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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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.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
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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.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Everybody curse Tom Hooper! Everybody feel the gloom! Everybody give thumbs down to the Master of the Zoom!

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

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

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

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

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

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

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
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.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
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

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Imperfect, but stirring

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Riveting and incredibly entertaining...

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
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.'

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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?

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

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'.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

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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.
January 23, 2014

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.
October 17, 2013

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.
August 20, 2013
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

    1. Inspector Javert: Unless you learn the meaning of the law.
    – Submitted by L Richard A (12 months ago)
    1. Marius: Life without Cosette means nothing.
    – Submitted by L Richard A (12 months ago)
    1. Javert: 24601!
    – Submitted by Jake H (15 months ago)
    1. 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)
    1. 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!
    2. Marius: Won't take a franc that I've not earned. All of those bridges have been burned.
    3. Eponine: I like the way you talk Monsieur!
    4. Marius: I like the way you always tease!
    5. Eponine: Little he knows. Little he sees.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (16 months ago)
    1. 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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