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Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISERABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Musical Drama - This is a very faithful adaptation of the wildly popular stage
musical based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, and so this film
comes with all the high drama, romance, painful emotion, and--it must
be noted--almost non-stop singing. Fans of Hugh Jackman and Russell
Crowe should be pleased, but the other known stars such as Anne
Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham
Carter have much smaller roles. Violence, language, and adult
subject matter make the film too intense for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief, clothed sex. VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings, fights with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Some gunplay and chases. COMEDY: Some comic lines and banter, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good ...an engaging production that is guaranteed to enthrall audiences and become a holiday season commercial success. 20 years may have been a long time to wait for this motion picture but, with this result, who can dispute that it was worth it?
USA TodayFull Review Very Good For a 2½-hour movie, it's surprisingly well-paced and consistently enthralling. The look of the film is gorgeous, but Les Mis is a success primarily because of its superlative musical performances.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Above Average There's no denying that "Les Misérables" ultimately succeeds in gathering up the audience -- even its most resistent members -- and transporting it on a stirring, swelling wave of feeling. But even when they're dabbing away tears during the last of the big numbers, they might wonder whether they're feeling less uplifted than run over.
NY PostFull Review Good It all comes off as a picturesque 19th-century version of Occupy Wall Street — except with the authorities using real bullets.
By this point (unlike in Victor Hugo's novel), the ubiquitous Javert's unending pursuit of Valjean has become almost as monotonous as Crowe's singing.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 158 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Nearly everyone loved "Les Miserables." Just a few rated it as low as average.
For those of you who feel that you might not enjoy movies where all the dialog is sung, I can tell you from experience, you probably won't enjoy "Les Miserables." It had an interesting story and fantastic cinematography but it's just way too slow when you have to wait through many music scenes/songs.