Les Misérables Reviews

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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 23, 2020
When it reaches its boiling point, "Les Misérables" absolutely roils.
January 20, 2020
It's an urgent portrait that captures a much different Paris than the original 1862 novel, but its themes remain. Victor Hugo would be proud.
January 17, 2020
[Ladj Ly's] film is best when it immerses us in small moments and naturalistic performances, propelled by Pink Noise's electronic score.
January 15, 2020
You might call these the slums, but the film is not slumming. The drone itself is a player in this work, and an overhead shot of a ragtag outdoor bazaar reveals the place's startling geometry.
January 15, 2020
With "Les Misérables," Ly delivers a passionate protest on behalf of an entire generation, whose future has largely been foreclosed.
January 15, 2020
As a slice of life, "Les Misérables" is satisfying enough, but as the film wears on, the movie goes beyond the slice of life.
January 15, 2020
It's rough and observant, stacked with finely etched characters whose sympathies keep shifting along with ours.
January 11, 2020
It has the immediacy, understatement, and straightforward nature of a documentary.
January 10, 2020
A gripping experience.
January 10, 2020
An enthralling, edifying, terrifying, sometimes funny and improbably stirring portrait of a multiethnic, polycultural cauldron where fury against injustice and neglect hovers near the boiling point.
January 9, 2020
This version remains a tale of downtrodden Parisians and dogged policemen who hound them. Only now we get 21st-century twists: teens with drone cameras, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and a Romani circus.
January 9, 2020
A visceral, street-wise portrait of those who abuse power, and those who demand it, in the working-class Paris banlieue of Montfermeil.
January 9, 2020
It's not subtle, and it's not pleasant. It's angry, and it's honest. Hugo would approve.
January 3, 2020
Victor Hugo would watch this film and weep.
December 11, 2019
It's a portrait of a diverse France but also a divided one, ruled by geographical boundaries and racial barriers, [set in] a City of Light that sits on a powder keg.
December 3, 2019
I really admire it... I think this film will feel very familiar, but very approachable.
December 1, 2019
Ly's considerable skill aside, what makes "Les Misérables" such an immersive experience is the crackling sense of authenticity that is the film's birthright.
November 28, 2019
Ly shows command of staging and shooting throughout, simulating documentary form while maintaining a tight grip on narrative coherence.
September 11, 2019
"Les Misérables" seems at first like a French take on Hollywood police stories like "Training Day" or "Fort Apache the Bronx." But things start to happen that elude formula...
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