Les MisÚrables Reviews

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Michael Koresky
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013

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.

Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013

[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.

Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013

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

Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
April 14, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dave White
March 14, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 28, 2013

Imperfect, but stirring

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 19, 2013

Riveting and incredibly entertaining...

Tim Grierson
February 12, 2013

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

Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 2, 2013

A gorgeous film if not quite a classic, "Les MisÚrables" 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 29, 2013

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.

Brian Henry Martin
January 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 8/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 13, 2013

Les MisÚrables has enough genuinely emotive power in its tank to guarantee a lot of people enormous pleasure.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 13, 2013

A work of unusual power and colour.

Donald Clarke
Irish Times
January 11, 2013

Those who get on with tunes will barely notice the hours flying past. Of course, if you hate the show, you'll hate the film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
January 11, 2013

Starting at full-emotion and never wavering for a moment, this huge movie adaptation of the long-running stage musical wears us out with its relentlessly epic approach.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
January 10, 2013

It's Jackman, with his background in musical theatre, who stands out - somehow managing to anchor the whole thing and stop it becoming the bloated monster it threatens to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
January 10, 2013

A bold filming of a theatrical classic, anyone with a fondness for the original production and a wee greet will lap this up.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frances Morton
January 10, 2013

The lavish, formidable production will delight fans but I doubt the uninitiated will be won over the barricade.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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