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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This "Les Mis" does make you feel, intensely and sometimes thrillingly, by honoring the emotional core of its source material.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Misérables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvelous.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Les Misérables is sweeping, as would be expected given the scope of the hugely popular stage musical from which it is adapted. But it's also wonderfully intimate, thanks to Tom Hooper's deft direction.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Fortunately, this sprawling epic is well-anchored. There cannot be a better big-screen showman than Jackman.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If you love Les Mis the stage musical, my guess is you will love what Hooper and his bustling company have done. But when you hear "Master of the House" and you think of the Seinfeld episode with Elaine's gruff dad belting the tune before you think of those shifty innkeepers the Thénardiers, then you may want to steer clear of this grand endeavor.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
After 2½ hours, the movie's become a bowl of trail mix - you're picking out the nuts you don't like and hoping the next bite doesn't contain any craisins. All the carefully crafted misérables turns into a pile of miz.
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60

Movieline

By Alison Willmore
Even at a generous running time that matches this season's other giant award candidates, Les Misérables seems like it's in a hurry, skittering from one number to the next without interlude. After Hathaway's early high point, it starts to feel numbing, an unending barrage of musical emoting carrying us through Valjean's adopting of Cosette, the latter's first encounter with Marius, the battle at the barricade and a last hour that can feel like it's a non-stop series of death arias.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Fans of Les Misérables wouldn't have minded if the movie were different, but better, or just as effective. The screen version demanded some reconception, some vision to make sense of its existence. Instead, we're left with a film that is conscientious in all its particulars and yet strangely and mysteriously dead.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
As the enduring success of this property has shown, there are large, emotionally susceptible segments of the population ready to swallow this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean it's good.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This steam-driven military weapon of an enterprise is a sobering reminder of just how tinny a musical Les Misérables was in the first place.
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63 out of 100
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