Les Misérables (2012)
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Hugh Jackman, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), 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. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit and “an unforgettable experience” (Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 228
- Fresh: 159
- Rotten: 69
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: By the grand finale, when tout le monde is waving the French tricolor in victory, you may instead be raising the white flag in exhausted defeat.
Fresh: If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, "Les Miserables" is the movie for you.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: A good example of a movie that contains a single scene of such unfathomable cinematic perfection that to dwell on its various failings seems cruel and unusual.
Wondering If You Should Buy This Movie?
If you are wondering if you should buy this movie, then I will be brief because you have probablly skimmed through several comments already. This movie is fantastic. I don't like to see musicals all the time, but the story more than compensates, even though pretty much 99% of the script is sung. It far out does the play versions of it. Hugh Jackman, Ann Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Samantha Barks all do EXCELLENT JOBS, and will surprise you (especially Russel Crowe) with their voices. I'm not paid by Apple to say this, and I'm not talking the movie up. It is definitely worth it.
My only grievance: Hugh Jackman's voice is not exactly the best, and (at times) can tend to wear on you, but honestly I can't think of anything else. Haha.
Everything a Les Miserables fan could want and more
I went in to this movie skeptical. Could it possibly live up to the high expectations that the musical set? And the answer is an emphatic Yes! Tom Hooper's production of Les Miserables is one of the most impressive feats I have witnessed on film. Unlike traditional filmed musicals, Les Miserables is sung live. This allows for some extremely powerful performances, particularly Hathaway as Fantine. While some may gripe at the extensive use of close-ups, I for one felt that it only magnified the performances. While Russell Crowe should probably not try out for Idol, his singing compliments his characters style. Overall I cannot recommend this movie enough! A+
BEAUTIFUL! This made me cry !