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Les MisÚrables Reviews

Cath Clarke
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 4, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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At the heart of the "Les MisÚrables" 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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les MisÚrables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 27, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

December 25, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It lives in that kinda-sorta, okay-not-great, this-worked-that-didn't in-between for which words like "better" and "worse" fall woefully short.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, "Les Miserables" is the movie for you.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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By the grand finale, when tout le monde is waving the French tricolor in victory, you may instead be raising the white flag in exhausted defeat.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 25, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A few hours watching this adaptation and you may be one of the miserable ones, too.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 25, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Fans of the franchise will greet "Les MisÚrables" as a feast for the senses, but the rest of us are left with crumbs.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

December 25, 2012
Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

December 25, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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The music and the magnetic performances make many of the directorial missteps fade into the background.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7/10

December 25, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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After 2 1/2 hours, the movie's become a bowl of trail mix - you're picking out the nuts you don't like and hoping the next bite doesn't contain any craisins.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Despite its pitfalls, this movie musical is a clutch player that delivers an emotional wallop when it counts. You can walk into the theater as an agnostic, but you may just leave singing with the choir.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The piercing sincerity of this stupendous, heart-wrenching epic would move even the most jaded cynic. See it and weep.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 2012
Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
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An engaging version of a sweeping epic, an enduring tale of romance, sacrifice and heroism.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Victor Hugo's grim, but redemptive, classic novel is given resplendent new life on the big screen.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 24, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If you love Les Mis the stage musical, my guess is you will love what Hooper and his bustling company have done.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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This is a big story, with big themes, based on Victor Hugo's really big novel about love, law and revolution in 19th-century France. Yet somehow, "Les MisÚrables" isn't the major movie event it should be.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Jackman is in his element here, mastering the space where acting and singing meet head on.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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No one expects gutsy filmmaking in a musical. But that's just what King's Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper delivers in Les MisÚrables. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvelous.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This isn't a great movie musical, but it's a good one, with a couple of truly transcendent performances.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Les MisÚrables sings so desperately for its Oscar supper, it makes you want to scoop it up in your arms like Jean Valjean cradling the wretched Fantine.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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While successfully "opening up" the musical far beyond the limitations of a theater-bound production, Hooper retains its heart and soul.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A productive experiment, an epic-scaled weepie, an exercise in sincere kitsch, and, perhaps too easily dismissed, a rare modern movie about the wretched poor, a traditional subject of interest at this time of year.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Hooper has chosen to embrace the theatricality of his project - in which there is almost no spoken dialogue - with full enthusiasm.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's worth seeing the movie for Hathaway alone.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I didn't like it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 20, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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This is an unforgettable movie going experience, sure to garner multiple Oscar nominations.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2012
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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The moist-eyed storybook romanticism of the source material proves resilient to [Hooper's] efforts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 18, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Director Tom Hooper piles one terrible decision upon another, with the result being a movie so overbearingly maudlin and distorted that it's one of 2012's most excruciating film experiences.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

December 17, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines ...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 12, 2012
Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
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It's hard to resist the movie's wrenching sense of intimacy.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Overall, you might just be wrecked and need a hug. Be generous with any naysayers and spread your arms wide; they'll be weeping too.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Tom Hooper's problem is soiling good projects with bad direction. Even if his Les MisÚrables wins as many Oscars as The King's Speech did, it's a habit he really needs to correct.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle. But at the same time it's hard not to admire the ambition that drives such an approach ...

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The tasteless bombardment that is Les MisÚrables would, under most circumstances, send audiences screaming from the theater, but the film is going to be a monster hit and award winner, and not entirely unjustly.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

December 10, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com
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Les MisÚrables is ... shellacked with appropriate levels of grimy grandeur. It's designed to make us feel every emotion fortissimo - because pianissimo is so 1862.

Full Review Source: Film.com

December 6, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors' live oncamera vocals.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 6, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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As the enduring success of this property has shown, there are large, emotionally susceptible segments of the population ready to swallow this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean it's good.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 6, 2012
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