Les Misérables


Les Misérables

Critics Consensus

Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.



Total Count: 31

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Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil, in the Paris suburbs. Alongside his new colleagues Chris and Gwada - both experienced members of the team - he quickly discovers tensions running high between neighbourhood gangs. When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action... Inspired by the riots of 2005, César nominee and Kourtrajmé* collective member Ladj Ly explores contemporary Montfermeil, the same place where Victor Hugo chose to set "Les Misérables" in 1862. More than 150 years later, the similarities between today's angry, hoodie-wearing youth and Gavroche are only too clear.


Critic Reviews for Les Misérables

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

  • For a debut, it has been really remarkably well put together, expertly paced, deftly edited.

    May 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] crackling police thriller partly inspired by the civil unrest that swept through Paris in 2005.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ly's debut is certainly impressive.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Though Chris' crass dialogue feels a little too scripted at times, and some of the real-life details about life in Montfermeil are clumsily introduced, the film largely succeeds in making us understand the dynamic of this place.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While I admired the one-day-in-David-Ayer-hell energy of the movie, I also found it bombastic and contrived. It's the police drama as police baton.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Les Misérables refuses to blame the match or the kindle for a world that's fueled by the fires they start together, and the scalding final sequence of Ly's film is powerful enough to obliterate the occasionally clumsy path by which it gets there.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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