“Hooper Truly Earns That Golden Statue With Les Miserables, But Film Is Not A Capable Medium For Fully Recreating This Tale's Spirit”
“"I Dreamed A Dream..."”
“"Do You Hear The People Sing? Singing The Songs Of Angry Men. It Is The Music Of A People Who Not Be Slaves Again. When The Beating Of Your Heart Echoes The Beating Of The Drums. There Is A Life About To Start When Tomorrow Comes!"”
“A Monumental And Groundbreaking Adaptation From The Musical Stage Play Since 1980 As Historic France And Its Revolution That Spanned For Years Captured Genuinely By The Director And Producers For It To Come Alive And Share For The World To Experience!”
“Such A Weak Adaptation......”
“Despite Some Drawbacks, It's Easy To See That Everyone Involved Really Believed In This Project.”
“I Love Him, But Every Day I'm Learning! All My Life, I've Only Been Pretending! Without Me, His World Will Go On Turning! A World That's Full Of Happiness That I Have Never Known! I Love Him... I Love Him... I Love Him... But Only On My Own...”
“In A Nutshell, This Is The Story Of A Man Who Stole A Loaf Of Bread, And Thus, An Epic Mess Went Down In France”
“Les Mis Is Simply An Astounding, Captivating Rendition Of One Of The Most Beloved Musicals In History. Its Not The Best Movie Of The Year But Filled With Breathtaking Performances, This Three Hour Long Spectacle Is Truly, What I Like To Say, Incredible.”
“It May Not Be The Best Picture Of The Year As A Whole, But It Has Moments That Are Better Than Anything I've Experienced This Year.”
This fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines ...
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
By the grand finale, when tout le monde is waving the French tricolor in victory, you may instead be raising the white flag in exhausted defeat.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
At the end of 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. What exactly, I'm still not sure.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
By the end, you feel like a pinata on the dancefloor: empty, in bits, the victim of prolonged assault by killer pipes.
Catherine Shoard - Guardian [UK]
Victor Hugo's grim, but redemptive, classic novel is given resplendent new life on the big screen.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It lives in that kinda-sorta, okay-not-great, this-worked-that-didn't in-between for which words like "better" and "worse" fall woefully short.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
After 2 1/2 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 contain any craisins.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The moist-eyed storybook romanticism of the source material proves resilient to [Hooper's] efforts.
Scott Foundas - Village Voice
Hooper has chosen to embrace the theatricality of his project - in which there is almost no spoken dialogue - with full enthusiasm.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
Jackman is in his element here, mastering the space where acting and singing meet head on.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... Jackman, who should get a Nobel Prize for the way he carries pretty much the whole undertaking on his shoulders, so protean and virile is his singing and acting throughout.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The tasteless bombardment that is Les Miserables would, under most circumstances, send audiences screaming from the theater, but the film is going to be a monster hit and award winner, and not entirely unjustly.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Fans of the original production, no doubt, will eat the movie up, and good luck to them. I screamed a scream as time went by.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
I didn't like it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
If you love Les Mis the stage musical, my guess is you will love what Hooper and his bustling company have done.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The piercing sincerity of this stupendous, heart-wrenching epic would move even the most jaded cynic. See it and weep.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, "Les Miserables" is the movie for you.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors' live oncamera vocals.
Justin Chang - Variety
It's worth seeing the movie for Hathaway alone.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Les Miserables sings so desperately for its Oscar supper, it makes you want to scoop it up in your arms like Jean Valjean cradling the wretched Fantine.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Les Miserables is ... shellacked with appropriate levels of grimy grandeur. It's designed to make us feel every emotion fortissimo - because pianissimo is so 1862.
Stephanie Zacharek - Film.com
Hooper's 'Les Miserables': Bloated anti-musical
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
A productive experiment, an epic-scaled weepie, an exercise in sincere kitsch, and, perhaps too easily dismissed, a rare modern movie about the wretched poor, a traditional subject of interest at this time of year.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
We're all familiar with the experience of seeing movies that cram ideas and themes down our throats. Les Miserables may represent the first movie to do so while also cramming us down the throats of its actors.
Dana Stevens - Slate
While successfully "opening up" the musical far beyond the limitations of a theater-bound production, Hooper retains its heart and soul.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
As the enduring success of this property has shown, there are large, emotionally susceptible segments of the population ready to swallow this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean it's good.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle. But at the same time it's hard not to admire the ambition that drives such an approach ...
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Tom Hooper's problem is soiling good projects with bad direction. Even if his Les Miserables wins as many Oscars as The King's Speech did, it's a habit he really needs to correct.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
No one expects gutsy filmmaking in a musical. But that's just what King's Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper delivers in Les Miserables. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvelous.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is an unforgettable movie going experience, sure to garner multiple Oscar nominations.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Despite its pitfalls, this movie musical is a clutch player that delivers an emotional wallop when it counts. You can walk into the theater as an agnostic, but you may just leave singing with the choir.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Some stories are so bulletproof that even a tuneless Russell Crowe can't deliver a mortal wound.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
The [film's] conclusion might be that tragedies deserve sympathy, not judgement...and I wish I could come to this conclusion myself but I saw a film directed by Tom Hooper.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Movies With Butter
Within the first six numbers (in a musical containing 666 of them)... Fantine... has lost her job, her teeth, her hair, her prostitute-trainee badge and her life, but not before she sings the weepiest, most maddeningly catchy Susan Boyle song in the world
Dave White - Movies.com
As Fantine, musical theater's favorite emo chick, Hathaway blows away whatever else is supposed to be going on.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A guaranteed musical tear-jerker about a jerk who becomes a teary hero.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Imperfect, but stirring
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Riveting and incredibly entertaining...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Beyond some pacing problems and a few questionable casting choices, the movie works as a towering, somewhat lumbering monolith of entertainment disbursement.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Director Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), for the most part, balances Hugo's gritty, if romantic tale, with the larger-than-life demands of an adaptation of the 1985 stage musical.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
A gorgeous film if not quite a classic, "Les Miserables" is a beautiful interpretation of the stage production based on the Victor Hugo novel. Not surprisingly, it's a sight to see, and it's directed by Tom Hooper, who helmed 'The King's Speech.'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A esperanca e que, depois de Os Miseraveis, alguem tome o megafone de Tom Hooper e o proiba de entrar em outro set de filmagem.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
So many close-ups, it seems better made for TV. Scene transitions are non-existent; the pace is relentless. All this over-the-top selling of emotion makes you look around before exiting-where's the gift shop, hawking more Hugo-not spinoffs and souvenirs?
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Even if you're no fan of the show and think the lyrics doggerel and the music dreary, it's hard not to be bowled over by the barnstorming gusto shown by director Tom Hooper and his cast.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Hugh Jackman is sensational as zero to hero Valjean. Few can sing, dance and act like him. Here, he combines all three to glorious effect. And perhaps his most underrated quality is his greatest, Jackman is just so darn likeable.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Les Miserables has enough genuinely emotive power in its tank to guarantee a lot of people enormous pleasure.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Bombastic, overblown, overlong, needlessly convoluted and full of simplistic characters, some terrible performances and a constant, cochlea-cracking racket on the soundtrack ...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A work of unusual power and colour.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
This is a Sing-A-Long Review. Press play on the backing track to "I dreamed a dream" before reading.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
It made me bad-tempered for two days, a personal record.
David Sexton - This is London
Starting at full-emotion and never wavering for a moment, this huge movie adaptation of the long-running stage musical wears us out with its relentlessly epic approach.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Those who get on with tunes will barely notice the hours flying past. Of course, if you hate the show, you'll hate the film.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A bold filming of a theatrical classic, anyone with a fondness for the original production and a wee greet will lap this up.
Chris Fyvie - The Skinny
Hugely enjoyable, powerfully emotional musical with superb songs, stunning set design and a series of brilliant performances from a note-perfect cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The lavish, formidable production will delight fans but I doubt the uninitiated will be won over the barricade.
Frances Morton - Flicks.co.nz
It's Jackman, with his background in musical theatre, who stands out - somehow managing to anchor the whole thing and stop it becoming the bloated monster it threatens to be.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Les Miserables? More like Meh Misery-blah-blah.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
This is a movie about suffering with no jagged edges.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Like being trapped in Disney jail with the kids from Fame. For five consecutive life sentences.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Spectacular to look at and often poignantly beautiful to listen to, this won't disappoint the millions who have sighed at the stage play.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It's great to have a film which touches and moves you. Just be prepared to leave the cinema feeling emotionally drained.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
There is a sense of danger in performances that are called upon to hit high musical and emotional notes simultaneously.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Tom Hooper gets a bit carried away with swoopy shots, and the close-ups are unrelenting, but crucially he lets the filth and the squalor in.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
By the time Amanda Sieyfried and Eddie Redmayne were warbling a love song at each other within seconds of meeting, I was ready to give in to my bladder.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
A good example of a movie that contains a single scene of such unfathomable cinematic perfection that to dwell on its various failings seems cruel and unusual.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It's fun while it's on, and unless you're a die-hard musical hater, you'll head home humming.
Hannah McGill - The List
It could have worked if Hooper had taken a bold strimmer to the structure. Instead, this Les Mis feels as dogmatic as Javert, and as cheesy as old brie.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Rings with all the emotion and power of the source and provides a new model for the movie musical.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Les Miserables is a frustrating, gorgeous, and even at times brilliant movie musical.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
"Les Miserables" will surely take its place among the greatest musical adaptations ever made.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway provide some winning musical moments, but overall Tom Hooper's film version is lumbering and drab.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
When Les Miserables is good, it is very, very good, and when it is bad, it's usually because Russell Crowe has opened his mouth.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The actors singing live on set gives the performances a raw authenticity, but the substantial running time is punishing.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
The film features excellent singing, for the most part, but it also emphasizes fragility in a work that's largely defined by its grandiosity.
Jeremy Mathews - Paste Magazine
Those who don't know the story going in will be lucky if they know it going out.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Depending on whether you love or loathe such stuff, you're likely to either applaud with Lloyd Webber-esque glee, or plan to flee at the nearest opportunity.
Ed Gibbs - The National
A good but flawed adaptation of the smash Broadway musical
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The issue with a motion picture reproduction of the musical is not whether the songs will be spectacular or whether nostalgia will play a role; the issue is whether director can capture the play's epic scope and whether the cast was up to the challenge.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Overstuffed, dreary and dripping with sickening sentimentality, what starts promisingly soon becomes a two-and-a-half hour struggle to stay awake.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Breaks a record for climbing to the apex of movie musicals. Unfortunately, it's done within the first hour of proceedings and the slide back to the bottom is a laborious walk through the famous stage musical's song book.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Bloated and overdone but entertaing if not enthralling.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
This is a mixed bag of a musical. The story, and characters, are great, but the music is lacking. I think it would help a lot to have subtitles for the songs.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Here it is, "Occupy Movement: The Musical," "Les Miserables" preaching economic revolution, the downtrodden rising up against the wealthy few and a police force hellbent on defending the status quo
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
It's ugly in the way that only films driven by fanatical vision, unfettered by checks, and galvanized by awards and money can be ugly
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Les Miserables is hampered by Crowe's feat. Fortunately, Jackman is potent in the leading role, and it's nice to see Hollywood taking advantage of his versatility. Yet the showstopper is Hathaway, who's tremendous as Fantine.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Ironically, the grandly scaled Les Miserables may be the first epic-sized musical that leaves one feeling claustrophobic.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
I have to admit that I was sometimes moved to the verge of contemplating the possibility of tears.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
One of the best films of 2012.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A brilliant adaptation of the long-running stage musical, it raises the goose bumps like no other theatrical presentation of its kind, film or stage.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
While Anne Hathaway avoided food in preparing for this film, she compensated for her dietary restriction by chewing the scenery with uncontrolled gusto.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
The songs you expect Javert to knock out of the park end up - at best - bloop singles with Crowe's limited range.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
At the heart of the "Les Miserables" movie was a good idea that just didn't work out this time. The idea was that the actors should sing their songs live on camera.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The "misery" is there, all right. But so is the uplift.
Neil Pond - American Profile
having the actors sing their parts while they were filming...gives the music a welcome organic quality and immediacy.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Epic yet intimate, Les Miserables is a standing-ovation triumph.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
As Fantine, a gaunt Anne Hathaway plunges into her character's suffering with such unseemly relish that she practically licks her chops with self-indulgent woe.
Dan Callahan - Reverse Shot
Hathaway pitches her sweet voice to an octave she's sure that only Oscar voters can hear.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)