Les Miserables
Les Miserables (1998)

Bille August directed this Rafael Yglesias adaptation of the 1862 classic by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) about the quest of Inspector Javert to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean, originally an honest man who was jailed for stealing a single… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel condenses the story's developments without blunting its emotional impact.

Emanuel Levy

Without a doubt the most emotionally powerful and handsomely mounted production of the story yet.

James Berardinelli

Towering over the entire film is Liam Neeson, the Irish actor who seems at home in any kind of picture, whether it transpires in contemporary America, World War II Germany, or centuries-ago Scotland.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Neeson's is an outstanding, memorable Jean Valjean who does a mighty job of anchoring this film and keeping its drama earthy and humane.

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Charles Taylor

The movie's whole virtuous conception of Jean Valjean sticks in my craw. He's haunted and hunted, but he reeks of a reasoned, noble superiority that's a pretty sterile quality in the hero of an epic.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It never sinks, but it never really soars either, though here and there it hits a powerful moment.

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David Poland
Movie City News

I feel like saying I hate this movie. I really don't. I was just bored out of my mind by its lack of anything real.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

With a first-rate cast and a venerable storytelling style, it fluently condenses Victor Hugo's epic novel and retrieves some of its suspenseful momentum.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It contains the moments of high drama, clearly outlines all the motivations, is easy to follow and lacks only passion. A story filled with outrage and idealism becomes somehow merely picturesque.

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Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine

[An] attractive, solid rendering of this popular classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)
Aj V
The book is great, read it before you see the movie. Then you'll see that this film could have been so much better than it was.
Christian C
A bit overdone, I think. Liam Neeson was the only strong performance. Uma Thurman was just too much. Sadly, even Geoffrey Rush didn't sell.… More
Randy Tippy
A respectable presentation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Kudos to Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes.
Red Lats
Stories of unjust persecution are always intriguing. What a justice system where stealing a loaf of bread is a lifetime prison sentence! I had to read Les… More
Jennifer D
I got a tad disinterested during the middle, but it picked back up again, luckily. Neeson and Rush are outstanding, as if I actually have to mention that.… More