Les Misérables
Les Misérables (1995)

Not a strict adaptation of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo classic, director Claude Lelouch's ambitious epic instead focuses on the story of two men, a father and a son, whose life stories bear striking similarities to Hugo's character… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1996
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The family reads the Hugo novel aloud to him while they travel together, and apparently they all come to realize how much their lives are like great literature.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

If it were shorter, we wouldn't know what misery really feels like.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Belmondogives not just the best performance of this film but one of the best of his long and admirable career.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's part of the magic Lelouch has worked that his story-of-all-stories theme matches the catch-all inclusiveness of his old-fashioned celluloid showmanship.

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USA Today

Exasperatingly overstuffed, the movie finally proves disarming (to a point) on spectacle alone.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is old-fashioned, tasteful European filmmaking.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Lelouch overworks this narrative scheme terribly: By reiterating his point and leaving nothing to our imagination, his cross-referencing shtick turns dull and belabored.

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A surprisingly effective updating of Victor Hugo's novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
A great adaption of Les Miserable to WW2.