Les Miserables Reviews

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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Somewhere, Victor Hugo must be rolling in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
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
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
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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.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
there's nothing glaringly wrong with August's film, and several of the performances are terrific. Why then does it seem about as engaging as a well-written book report?
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
irtually every scene feels muted, the passions tamed to a state of dignified dissatisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Globe and Mail
April 24, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Much of what I enjoyed of the novel was missing, but then it should come as no great surprise that not all 1600 pages of story would make it to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The newest screen version of Les Miserables is like its hero, Jean Valjean, strong and solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Handsome and broad, with luminous performances from a pedigree cast, it's a bit surprising Columbia Pictures didn't hold on to it until a more Oscar-friendly time of year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
Illustrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and the destructive consequences of self-hate.
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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