Les Miserables

1998, Drama/History, 2h 11m

44 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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This intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel condenses the story's developments without blunting its emotional impact. Read critic reviews

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After serving a lengthy prison sentence, Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson) turns his life around after an act of kindness opens his eyes, becoming a beloved mayor of a French town. A policeman, Javert (Geoffrey Rush), who was a prison guard when Valjean was locked up, has a vendetta against him and tries to denounce him as a criminal despite a lack of evidence. Spanning several decades, the story of Javert and Valjean's rivalry is set against the backdrop of post-Revolution French society.

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  • Mar 23, 2013
    Well acted and well paced, in 3 hours it accomplishes something even Victor Hugo could be proud of.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2013
    24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)
    EightThirty . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    A bit overdone, I think. Liam Neeson was the only strong performance. Uma Thurman was just too much. Sadly, even Geoffrey Rush didn't sell. Nevertheless, it has pretty, authentic locations and costumes -- so that's worth something.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    Stories of unjust persecution are always intriguing. What a justice system where stealing a loaf of bread is a lifetime prison sentence! I had to read Les Miserables in French in high school, and never quite understood it, so the details are interesting. I thought the acting was well done. Liam Neeson does great work, and Geoffrey Rush is fun to hate.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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