Les Misérables Reviews

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February 22, 2020
For all the worthwhile insight it offers, Les Misérables struggles to overcome the inherent shortcomings of its chosen genre
February 12, 2020
French officials should have chosen the superior Portrait of a Lady on Fire to represent their country at the Academy Awards this year. Instead, they put their money on making a political statement and missed the mark.
February 11, 2020
A David Ayer-ish cop movie crossed with the Dardennes brothers' social dramas sounds like a dynamic do-over of Victor Hugo's blueprint. While it's not that kind of Les Miz, the feeling is somewhat the same: You've seen this before, and better.
February 4, 2020
Little more than a middling cover band version of "Training Day," yet bereft of that film's dramatic and cinematic richness.
February 1, 2020
...a well-made yet mostly uninvolving debut for a filmmaker that admittedly does show quite a bit of promise.
January 25, 2020
It's as if, to use Ly's own literary allusion against him, Hugo's "Les Miserables" were told entirely from the point of view of Inspector Javert.
January 24, 2020
Its merely plot-driven depictions of its residents converges with Ly's merely functional direction, to flatten "Les Misérables" into the undistinguished style of conventionally apolitical and socially indifferent conventional crime dramas.
January 17, 2020
It is one thing to show the gasoline that ignites the fire, but Les Misérables also needs to make us care for those who ultimately are burned by the flames.
January 16, 2020
It turns out that Ly doesn't have much of a viewpoint, and while its basis on the 2005 French riots and their aftermath is clear, his movie is too narratively disparate.
January 13, 2020
While Ly's narrative of class and racial tensions between Black Muslim project dwellers and the abusive cops who patrol their streets offers stressfully stitched periods of suspense, the portrayal of the Black victims lack depth.
January 10, 2020
...so much of what happens feels so predictable and cliché that its ideas can ultimately feel a bit shallow.
January 10, 2020
It's too bad that the results feel so compromised...
January 9, 2020
Where Les Misérables falls apart is in trying to cram a full season of The Wire into 102 minutes.
September 24, 2019
A child with a drone in its hands could represent the form of today's cinema, which has a new grammatical resource but still does not know how to use it at all. [Full review in Spanish]
May 30, 2019
[Director Ladj Ly's] gaze tends to the spectacularity of Hollywood and the glorification of the mess as political discourse. [Full review in Spanish]
May 25, 2019
It could just as easily be read as a fortification of the idea that The Streets Aren't Safe, and a film like this shouldn't make the conflation of progressive and conservative politics that easy.
May 20, 2019
It is difficult to say if Les Miserables is clumsy or upstart, even with the effective hand of Ly. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 16, 2019
An interesting premise, with the current multicultural society in the spotlight, which nevertheless is lost in the construction of a stereotyped script. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 16, 2019
It fails when hatred arises. [Full review in Spanish]
May 16, 2019
Ladj Ly seems to lose the reins of his story as it walks towards an outcome to which the filmmaker does not seem to know at all how and when to arrive. [Full review in Spanish]
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