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Les Miserables Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 27, 2013
Neeson's is an outstanding, memorable Jean Valjean who does a mighty job of anchoring this film and keeping its drama earthy and humane.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Poland
Movie City News
December 6, 2012
I feel like saying I hate this movie. I really don't. I was just bored out of my mind by its lack of anything real.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
[An] attractive, solid rendering of this popular classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 26, 2006
A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The new version is a traditional telling of the story, and there is nothing wrong with tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Somewhere, Victor Hugo must be rolling in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
With a group like this, and with Hugo's literature, who could lose?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Victor Hugo's great novel Les Miserables has been translated to screen at least five times before. Leave it to Liam Neeson to make a sixth seem indispensable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
August's film won't make you forget the musical or the many previous movie versions, but an entertaining, stirring version of Hugo's tale of social justice is always welcome.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Illustrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and the destructive consequences of self-hate.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
August never manages to build any real momentum or urgency to pull the story along -- it's more like he wades through it, moving from one set-piece to the next with deliberate care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
It's not that this is a bad film, after all it does have fine actors and it is based on a great story. It just doesn't live up to its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
With a first-rate cast and a venerable storytelling style, it fluently condenses Victor Hugo's epic novel and retrieves some of its suspenseful momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I was absolutely enthralled by the film thanks to Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush. These two powerful actors make Les MisÚrables totally engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Neeson's portrayal of Valjean's quiet dedication to survival is matched by Rush's affective portrayal of Javert's simmering hatred.
| Original Score: 73/100
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Does a superb job of translating the characters, story, and heart of the novel to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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