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Les Miserables (2012) Synopsis
An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel.
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Take tissues

By ScoobyD
Awesome job. Seen it on stage a few times, and this film does it justice....and then some. Who knew that Anne Hathaway had THAT in her? Wow. When Russell Crowe is your weakest link, you've got a...

invest in Kleenex

By momincolorado
Ok, so I'm pretty familiar with the music and general story line of Les Miz. That still did not prepare me for how great and epic (hate that word, but it fits) this movie is. For the record, yes,...

Great show!

By movielover1111
The acting in this movie is fantastic--I wasn't sure I would like characters singing throughout, but in fact it was very powerful and somehow even seemed natural. The emotional range of the...

Bring a Box Of Kleenex

By n4zhg
This isn't a clone of the stage musical, but I thought it worked rather well. The story line more closely resembles the novel than the stage version did. There are new songs that meshed well, and...

Absolutely Fantastic

By sgt.jiggs
I am 64 years young and Les Miz swept me off my feet/seat! Never have I spent a shorter 2 1/2 hours and on the edge of my seat! The only other musical I have enjoyed was West Side Story and it's no...

Must Go

By yardbabe
It seems a lot of people want to be critics. And the critics are just performing for us. and to keep their jobs. All that said - this movie kept a sold out crowd spellbound and teary eyed. No,...


By JonathanOfAwesometon
I teared up several times. This was an extremely powerful and emotional film. Incredible. The actors were all phenomenal, acting as well as singing. Now to the credit of the director and everyone...

They should have cast singers rather than stars ... or else skipped the singing.

By FL-mermaid
Les Miserables depicted a number of characters going from young to old. ... we aged right along with them. They can't kill the compelling story, but we were disappointed that actors' star power seemed...


By kraigbrown87
Saw this today after having seen the Broadway version. Expectations were not high, but I was completely blown away by the the whole production. Just freaking amazing. I took my 23 and 22 year old...

Best Movie 2012

By adormouse
It was 2.5 hours and bloody well worth it. It seemed so fast and although not all the actors were "fantastic" some put their heart and soul into it. Hugh and Anne were amazing, and I am sure we all...

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Rated PG-13 | For Suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Excellent film adaptation of gritty, heartbreaking musical.
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