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Movie ties the story line together better for me

By Jhandy
Written December 26, 2012
I had see the play once at Keller in Portland OR. I have heard the songs and been told the story but just did not quite understand the musical. While watching the movie I was deeply moved. What a powerful portrayal of the themes of sin, redemption, and the power of choice. I heard people say they thought the music was better in the live plays but I was so wrapped up in the actors singing...I thought it was better than the play...
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Excellent Performances by all except....

By NAM0862
Written December 27, 2012
Les Miserables is a most poignant story. The demand for vocal acuity in this film is imperative for the viewer to remain engaged and feel the emotional valeur. The performances were great, unfortunately, I found Crowe's inability to sing to distract me from the story as well as detach myself from feeling any sympathy for this character. Jackman's vocals were only slightly better that of Crowe's, and if these two characters were casted by two men that have the ability to sing, I would have enjoyed the movie that much more. As for Hathaway, her performance brought tears to my eyes - she is absolutely lovely. In fact, all other characters sang wonderfully and with such passion - I was enthralled Aside from the poor singing by both Crowe and Jackman, the movie is wonderful and entertaining but I will not watch it again because of these two actors - I will instead read the book by Victor Hugo.
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A creaking ponderous steamroller of crap

By RBK2000
Written December 26, 2012
This movie is ****. I mean, from the sewers of France that our hero Jean Valjean goes sloshing around in ****. Sitting through this will make YOU Les Miserables. As a stage production, Les Miserables only worked because of incredible vocal performances; the score is paper thin and ploddingly repetitive. As a movie, with fine actors giving terrible vocal performances, I literally had to leave the theater before my head exploded out of boredom. I only came back in because I couldn't leave my 90 year old father in there alone. I understand that musicals have to have characters talk/singing their way through linking action, but the constant use of short meaningless musical phrases for such brilliant lines as "Will you go with me?" "You know I can't" became quickly unbearable. The film plods on and on and on and refuses to end. It's an atrocious misfire and a waste of about $200,000,000.
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Les Miz is one of the best movie versions of a musical EVER

By Craig Stuart Wilson
Written December 26, 2012
I've seen the Broadway or London version of this musical at least five times. What Tom Hooper accomplished with the large screen is to give you the close-ups and panoramic views of Paris that you can't get in a live production. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are surely going to get Academy Award nominations. Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are fiendishly delightful. Russell Crowe holds his own, although he couldn't perform this role in a stage version as his voice isn't strong enough. Still, it's a wonderful story told wonderfully!
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Definitely a must-see

By meanerthanajunkyardd
Written September 09, 2013
Hugh Jackman's acting is stunning as always. But the surprise in this movie, is Anne Hathaway. She blew me away; I honestly did not think she had it in her. She is always cast in these chick-flick-like silly rolls. She deserved that Oscar. Great Job! It was a really good version of this Masterpiece. It kept my attention the whole time and did not lag. Definitely worth watching at least once. 7.5 out of 10! Excellent!
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