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Les Miserables Reviews

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February 4, 2021
The strength of Laughton's performance makes this film more than other versions a conflict between Javert and Jean Valjean. With studied power, he brings this inhuman bully, obsessed with the sacredness of the law, to life.
August 6, 2019
Les Miserables is an exalted sleuth drama, both intensely exciting and deeply impressive.
January 6, 2013
While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 31, 2012
Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story.
August 31, 2012
Probably the best Hollywood version of Victor Hugo's story.
August 31, 2012
It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.
January 31, 2012
Fredric March gives a superb performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 1, 2011
Victor Hugo's classic novel is properly presented as a harrowing social conscience period film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2011
Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 6, 2010
The 1935 film is a powerful version, centering on the antagonism between Valjean and Javert - though the filmmakers had to jettison much of Victor Hugo's pages to set up this dynamic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2009
... the most respected and revered screen adaptation...
April 16, 2020
Pretentious and big, the tone is no better than that of The Count of Monte Cristo; the touted sewer scene is disappointing, but on the whole the picture holds interest...
March 13, 2018
This Javert, with his round face and quivering lips, his slow, heavy tread and sudden outbursts of fury, is a memorable figure, but he is badly out of key with the naturalistic treatment of the story.
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