Les Miserables (2012)

Les Miserables (2012)
Les Miserables (2012)
  • PG-13
  • 2h 37m
  • 2012
Fresh69%
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Hugh Jackman, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit and “an unforgettable experience” (Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh69%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Rotten

It made me bad-tempered for two days, a personal record.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins
Rotten

Like being trapped in Disney jail with the kids from Fame. For five consecutive life sentences.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

At the end of 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. What exactly, I'm still not sure...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Cath Clarke
Fresh

Tom Hooper gets a bit carried away with swoopy shots, and the close-ups are unrelenting, but cruci...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane
Rotten

Fans of the original production, no doubt, will eat the movie up, and good luck to them. I screame...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Excellent film adaptation of gritty, heartbreaking musical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this all-star version of Les Miserables is an adaptation of the world-famous stage musical, which itself is based on Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway star in the gritty, often-heartbreaking tale of justice, duty, love, and revolution. The film deals with abject poverty, prostitution, imprisonment, corruption, war, and death; all of which fans of the musical will be expecting -- but bringing the story to the screen means it has a much more realistic feel (despite the fact that the actors sing virtually all of the dialogue). Characters suffer painful beatings, degrade themselves out of desperation, engage in gun and bayonet fights, claw their way through unspeakable filth, and more. Expect some bawdy lyrics/references (with a sprinkling of curse words, including one "s--t"), a very sad scene in which an unwilling prostitute "entertains" a client, plenty of cleavage, some blood, and a few very sad deaths (including one suicide). But ultimately, Les Miserables is about the redemptive power of love and faith, and there are many moments of hope and beauty amid the miserable ones.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 25, 2012
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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