Les Miserables (1998)
Critic Consensus: This intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel condenses the story's developments without blunting its emotional impact.
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as Jean Valjean
as Capt. Beauvais
as Cosette (age 8)
as Mother Superior
as Old Woman
as Letter Reader
as Mme. Thenardier
as Mme. Gilot
as Digne Gendarme
as Mme. Victurien
as Furniture Dealer
as Nursing Nun
as Redheaded Gendarme
as Old Woman
as Old Man
as Beggar Child
as Young Homeless Boy
as Old Homeless Boy
as Wig Maker
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Critic Reviews for Les Miserables
Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.
The movie's whole virtuous conception of Jean Valjean sticks in my craw. He's haunted and hunted, but he reeks of a reasoned, noble superiority that's a pretty sterile quality in the hero of an epic.
It contains the moments of high drama, clearly outlines all the motivations, is easy to follow and lacks only passion. A story filled with outrage and idealism becomes somehow merely picturesque.
It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.
Towering over the entire film is Liam Neeson, the Irish actor who seems at home in any kind of picture, whether it transpires in contemporary America, World War II Germany, or centuries-ago Scotland.
Audience Reviews for Les Miserables
24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)
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.
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.
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