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Les Misérables (2012)



Critic Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.

Movie Info

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world's longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper's sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic tale. -- (C) Universalmore
Rating: PG-13 (for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Claude-Michel Schonberg, William Nicholson, Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2013
Box Office: $148.8M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Hugh Jackman
as Jean Valjean
Sacha Baron Cohen
as Thénardier
Helena Bonham Carter
as Madame Thenardier
Aaron Tveit
as Enjolras
Calvin Cornwall
as Convict 1
Josef Altin
as Convict 2
David Hawley
as Convict 3
Adam Jones
as Convict 4
John Barr
as Convict 5
Tony Rohr
as Overseer
Richard M. Dixon
as Mairie Officer
Andy Beckwith
as Innkeeper
Georgie Glen
as Madame Baptistine
Heather Chasen
as Madame Magliore
Paul Thornley
as Constable 1
Paul Howell
as Constable 2
Stephen Tate
as Fauchelevant
Kate Fleetwood
as Factory Woman 1
Hannah Waddington
as Factory Woman 2
Clare Foster
as Factory Woman 3
Kirsty Hoiles
as Factory Woman 4
Jenna Boyd
as Factory Woman 5
Alice Fearn
as Factory Woman 6
Alison Tennant
as Factory Woman 7
Marilyn Cutts
as Factory Woman 8
Cathy Breeze
as Factory Woman 9
John Albasiny
as Factory Onlooker
Bertie Carvel
as Bamatabois
Tim Downie
as Brevet
Andrew Havill
as Cochepaille
Dick Ward
as Bamatabois' Valet
Nicola Sloane
as Hair Crone
David Stoller
as Sailor 1
Jaygann Ayeh
as Sailor 3
Lynne Wilmot
as Whore 2
Julia Worsley
as Head Whore
Ashley Artus
as Pawn Broker
John Surman
as Organ-Grinder
David Cann
as Magistrate
James Simmons
as Champmathieu
Polly Kemp
as Nursing Sister
Ian Pirie
as Babet
Julian Bleach
as Clacquesous
Mark Pickering
as Montparnasse
Isabelle Allen
as Young Cosette
Natalya Wallace
as Young Éponine
Phil Snowden
as Customer 1
Hadrian Delacey
as Customer 2
Sam Parks
as Tall Customer
Mark C. Donovan
as Portly Customer
Lewis Kirk
as Handsome Soldier 1
Leighton Rafferty
as Handsome Soldier 2
Peter Mair
as Father Christmas 1
Jack Chissick
as Father Christmas 2
Dianne Pilkington
as Inn Whore 1
Robyn North
as Inn Whore 2
Norma Atallah
as Mother Whore
Patrick Godfrey
as Gillenormand
Mark Roper
as Citizen
Paul Leonard
as Citizen
Miles Roughley
as Gavroche's Urchin
Cameron Strefford
as Gavrone's Urchin
Alfie Davis
as Gavroche's Urchin
Joseph West
as Gavroche's Urchin
Chris Barnes
as Beggar 4
Richard Cordery
as Duc de Raguse
Killian Donnelly
as Combeferre
Fra Fee
as Courtfeyrac
Gabriel Vick
as Feuilly
George Blagden
as Grantaire
Stuart Neal
as Lesgles
Katy Secombe
as Madame Hucheloup
Hadley Fraser
as Army Officer
Linzi Hateley
as Turning Woman 1
Gemma Wardle
as Turning Woman 2
Gina Beck
as Turning Woman 3
Katie Hall
as Turning Woman 4
Michael Sarne
as Father Mabeuf
John Warnaby
as Majordomo
Freya Parks
as Café Barmaid
Jeff Duncan
as Turning Woman 7
Lisa Hull
as Turning Woman 5
Andrew Deck
as Turning Woman 6
Kerry Ingram
as Turning Woman 8
Mark Roper
as Citizen
Hannah Waddingham
as Factory Woman 2
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Critic Reviews for Les Misérables

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (42)

Tom Hooper, what have you done?

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

Tom Hooper's direction is an aesthetic crime.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Everybody curse Tom Hooper! Everybody feel the gloom! Everybody give thumbs down to the Master of the Zoom!

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Ultimately the film's choppy, camera-goes-anywhere approach works well in translating a play that was never all that interested in the movement of bodies anyway-only their martyrdom.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

[Director Tom Hooper's] old fashioned take is frequently exhilarating and adamant in its unwavering desire to not be dolled up and be given a hip makeover.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

If the entire film were as good as the first 30 minutes, it would easily be one of the year's best pictures.

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

Audience Reviews for Les Misérables

I'm just going to pretend that Tom Hooper won his Oscar for this and not 'The King's Speech'.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

I just can't seem to get into this. The close-ups are just too much and somehow singing in this movie does not enthrall me at all. The way this was done did not translate well into film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Well, certainly an epic undertaking, seemingly an attempt to kick opera back to life as nearly every line is sung, and that's what you need to know first: its all singing, oy. Its a gargantuan story who's bottomline's about looking on the bright side of life (Monty Python succinctly made the same point in about 3 minutes ...) howbeit with very high production values, phenomenal sets and costumes, a full orchestra and a cast of thousands, all as a bread thief is hounded by some droll official - for his entire life. (What, was there no other crime going on in France at that time more worthy of attention? Or I underestimate the value of bread to the French? Maybe it was really good bread? "And tonite on the news ... the monstrous bread thief is still at large!") Anyway, shaky cam and CGI cannot make up for the underlying problem: nearly every line is sung. I was tired of the conceit early on and only wished for them to stop it, stop singing. No one did. Jackman carries the sucker practically on his own and does surprisingly better than you think he will, while Crowe's presence is okay, and Hathaway does well with her short time onscreen. Carter and Cohen yuck it up as the comic relief. Who are the rest of these people and what are they doing? They're singing.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Les Misérables Quotes

Inspector Javert: Unless you learn the meaning of the law.
– Submitted by L Richard A (2 years ago)
Marius: Life without Cosette means nothing.
– Submitted by L Richard A (2 years ago)
Javert: 24601!
– Submitted by Jake H (2 years ago)
Enjolras: I am agog! I am aghast! Is Marius in love at last? I've never heard him I've never heard him 'ooh' and 'aah!'
– Submitted by Jenna L (3 years ago)

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