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Les Misérables (2012)

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

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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) Universal

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Cast

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
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Critic Reviews for Les Misérables

All Critics (230) | Top Critics (42)

Tom Hooper gets a bit carried away with swoopy shots, and the close-ups are unrelenting, but crucially he lets the filth and the squalor in.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
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Fans of the original production, no doubt, will eat the movie up, and good luck to them. I screamed a scream as time went by.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
New Yorker
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... Jackman, who should get a Nobel Prize for the way he carries pretty much the whole undertaking on his shoulders, so protean and virile is his singing and acting throughout.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
MSN Movies
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At the heart of the "Les Misérables" movie was a good idea that just didn't work out this time. The idea was that the actors should sing their songs live on camera.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les Misérables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors.

December 27, 2012
Slate
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Committed fans of the musical are likely to have their affections reaffirmed. The less devout, however, may conclude that in this case more is less, and fidelity not always a virtue.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Les Misérables

½

Okay, don't expect West-End-quality singing, but I think the acting and cinematography do justice to the full spectrum of emotions spanned by this beloved story. I was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous singing of Marius, Eponine, Gavroche, and Anne Hathaway was mesmerising. I forgot how much I loved Les Miserables so this gets an extra star for bringing it back to me. Keep a tall glass of water nearby, you'll need it to replenish what you lose in tears and joy.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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This adaptation is grand in scale and performances but Les Misà (C)rables seemingly falls flat with its overwhelming use of musical dialogue. The film based on the acclaimed novel-turned-musical is catchy and beautiful at times with its tunes but the lengthy portrayal and character development (or lack thereof) doesn't help reach whatever high notes it could've potentially hit. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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