Les Miserables Movie Reviews

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Release Date: Dec 25, 2012

Genre: MusicalDrama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    No doubt the singing can seem long-winded, but the Christian theme running throughout the movie is wonderful. Great movie, esp. the second time watching! Anne Hathaway is fabulous; Hugh Jackman delivers his best performance. A good story of redemption.
  • 4
    I saw this on stage 5 times and truly, nothing can compare to seeing it live. But this movie did a fine job of it. The acting was superb and Hugh Jackman, outstanding in his portrayal of ValJean. The singing was okay considering these are actors and most aren't trained vocalists. The only let down (the reason for only 4 stars) was because of the singing. Why they didn't train Hugh to sing "Bring Him Home" using falsetto instead of trying to punch it out full voice (which was obviously out of his range), is beyond me. And it's one of the best songs of the show. With that said, who knew Russell Crowe could sing? I was shocked and amazed. All in all, a spectacular performance by the cast. Considering they're actors first and singers second, it was worthwhile.
  • 3
    I had very high hopes for this film and I was kind of disappointed. I thought the film was way too long and I did not think that the singing was up to par. The idea was great, but it just did not translate on the big screen and I could not get over the singing, it was definitely not as good as it should have been. I also found the film to be way too cheesy and I hate that, Les Miserables is not cheesy in any way but this film is and it is a shame. The film has such amazing reviews and Oscar buzz already and I just do not understand why, there are many movies that are much better than this one. It is hard to understand why it was not great because the cast was wonderful but I think musicals are meant to be seen on stage and they just don’t translate well on the big screen.
  • 3
    I loved the book, and I know that it is nearly impossible to make a film as good as the book, so I did not have very high hopes for this film. The film was not bad, the acting was amazing, the production value was great and the filmmakers managed to retain the message of the book and make it relevant. However, the film was way way too long and the singing was not that great, maybe I am being too harsh but I think that professional singers should sing those songs not actors. I did think that Hugh Jackman did an amazing job and pretty much carried the film on his shoulders, I do think he deserves an Oscar for this role. Overall, if you are a fan of musical theater you might enjoy this film a lot, I found it to be a bit too long and a bit annoying.
  • 4
    I have been waiting for this film to come out for such a long time and I was so happy to see it on the big screen at last. The film was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I think that even the biggest cynics will be moved by this heart-wrenching film and i have to admit that it was humanly impossible not to cry during this film. I thought that the music was amazing, the acting was superb and i loved the way the creators of this film were able to combine drama and music so beautifully and effortlessly. Anne Hatheway completely blew me away, I heard that she was amazing in this role but you have to see it to believe it, she definitely deserves an Oscar for her performance as Fantine. The film also looked great and i thought that the atmosphere created was incredible and riveting, I was very impressed with this film and highly recommend seeing it in the theaters.
  • 3
    So my girlfriend wanted to see this film since they started promoting it and I promised her that i would take her to see it. So here I was, watching the film and wishing I was seeing something else. I mean it is a very very long film about a lot of sad stuff and people sing about it as well, if you are a straight man, I am pretty sure you will not have a good time watching it. I am not saying that the film was bad, it was well made and the acting was great and the singing was amazing as well. However, it was not my kind of the film and I was bored out of my mind. Overall, if you want to score some boyfriend points, take your girl to see it and pretend you loved it is as well, she will cry during this film and you will definitely get lucky after.
  • 5
    So I'm not such a huge fan of musicals (unless they're of the Disney animated variety - or Moulin Rouge) but this one they really got right. I was just FLOORED by Anne Hathaway's performance as Fantine. It's not a very long part, but she really milks it for all it's worth. I remember when I saw Mo'Nique in"Precious" and I told everyone I knew that she was going to win every award...and then she did. I feel the same way about Anne Hathaway in this movie, she's just sublime. As a science fiction nerd I rarely get this excited about musicals, but Hathaway and Hugh Jackman both make this movie unforgettable. Russell Crowe also does a surprisingly good job in his role. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen are there for comic relief, which they do well with. It's not hard to see now why this movie has been nominated for so many awards. It is the epic of the year, with due respect to "The Hobbit."
  • 5
    WOW. I have no words for this movie. The BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR. Maybe even the best movie I have ever seen . . . no joke. This is a masterpiece that is superb in every second and in every detail. I think that there is no way that any movie can approximate the brilliance of Les Msierables. First of all, you have the original story which is just heartbreaking and genius. Then you have Tom Hopper directing the epic story. And you have an amazing and perfect cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. All of them are superb, especially Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. He was born to play this part. But no one comes close to Anne Hathaway as Fantine. She broke my heart and made me cry - I wanted to stand up and applaud her after her rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream". Go see it - NOW. The movie of the century.
  • 5
    So let me just be very blunt: Anne Hathaway will win the Oscar for her performance in Les Miserables as the tragic Fatine. She’ll also win the Golden Globe. And the SAG. And the Critics’ Awards. And then some.

    This is a performance of such raw power and poetic transcendence that, even as brief as her role may be, it is impossible to think of another performance in the last twelve months of Hollywood cinema releases that packs as potent a punch. She outdoes anything and everything that all the superheroes in all the summer blockbusters and Victorian heroines in all the independent period pieces have done – put together. I haven’t felt like this about a performance since Mo’Nique in Precious or Nicole Kidman in The Hours. It’s haunting and devastating. And flat out awesome. (I also have a feeling that her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” will quickly become as overplayed as Madonna’s rendition of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita).

    Now, as for the rest of the movie, that depends on how you feel about musicals. I have a theory that few Broadway musicals – even the much beloved ones like Les Miserables – can only be translated to film if the essential component of music is given secondary status to the more vital element of plot. It’s easy to get swept up in the majesty of a live musical performance on stage. If you’re having to sit through nine or 10 or a dozen songs in a movie theater, it can begin to feel a bit claustrophobic. Ergo, it must be plotted very, very carefully.

    Thankfully, director Tom Hooper gives just the right touch to this sweeping adaptation of what is quite likely the most beloved musical of all time. And much of the credit goes to the cast (apart from the aforementioned Hathaway) who nail their parts like you’ve never seen them do so before. Hugh Jackman literally masters the part of Jean Valjean, the wayward Frenchman who is imprisoned for 20 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Given that his role is almost entirely sung, you have to step back for a moment and consider how he managed to pull if off so well. Every facial expression and enunciated syllable is, for lack of a better word, perfect.

    Non-animated musicals are a tricky business in Hollywood. For some reason, audiences are skeptical to accept their matinee idols singing ballads with the support of 100 piece orchestras. I hope they are able to put aside that prejudice this Christmas, because this is one of those rare, historical cinematic events that happens but once or twice in a generation. Sit back, open your eyes and ears, and behold the spectacle of Les Miserables.

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