Les MisÚrables Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
January 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 4, 2013
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.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 2, 2013
... 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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 27, 2012
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.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
December 25, 2012
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 25, 2012
If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, "Les Miserables" is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 25, 2012
A few hours watching this adaptation and you may be one of the miserable ones, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2012
One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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December 25, 2012
The music and the magnetic performances make many of the directorial missteps fade into the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 24, 2012
Jackman is performing in a drama, Crowe on his concert stage, and Hathaway alone in her room. It's a collection of performances rather than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 24, 2012
The piercing sincerity of this stupendous, heart-wrenching epic would move even the most jaded cynic. See it and weep.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
December 24, 2012
An engaging version of a sweeping epic, an enduring tale of romance, sacrifice and heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 24, 2012
Victor Hugo's grim, but redemptive, classic novel is given resplendent new life on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 24, 2012
If you love Les Mis the stage musical, my guess is you will love what Hooper and his bustling company have done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 21, 2012
Jackman is in his element here, mastering the space where acting and singing meet head on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2012
This isn't a great movie musical, but it's a good one, with a couple of truly transcendent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2012
While successfully "opening up" the musical far beyond the limitations of a theater-bound production, Hooper retains its heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 20, 2012
Hooper has chosen to embrace the theatricality of his project - in which there is almost no spoken dialogue - with full enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2012
It's worth seeing the movie for Hathaway alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2012
I didn't like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 19, 2012
This is an unforgettable movie going experience, sure to garner multiple Oscar nominations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
The moist-eyed storybook romanticism of the source material proves resilient to [Hooper's] efforts.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 17, 2012
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2012
This fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
December 12, 2012
It's hard to resist the movie's wrenching sense of intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 11, 2012
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 10, 2012
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.
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December 6, 2012
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 6, 2012
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 6, 2012
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.