Box art for Les Miserables (1998)

Les Miserables (1998)

drama, romance


This is the epic tale of love, honor, and obsession amidst the dramatic backdrop of early 19th century France.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    74%
  • Audience Score
    84%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved.

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Emanuel Levy, Variety, Thursday, March 26, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The only truly interesting plot line is the constant conflict between Neeson and Rush, both of whom were convincing in their roles. Everything else about the movie, however, is rather boring and mediocre in quality.

- rjayhutchinson, Sunday, October 17, 2010

3 stars

Not a bad adaption. I have a feeling that the book would be much too long for me to enjoy. Same for the older versions, Both Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush were fantastic. I just love Liam Neeson. Dont expect too much and I think youll find it enjoyable.

- MissMorganLeee, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

4 stars

Much more dramatic then the 1978 version. I like this one much better. I really do need to read the novel though so I can compare which stays closest to the book. Wow, I just realize that I still have to see two more versions to make a complete analysis. I knew I needed to see the original but I didn't know there was one also done in the 1950's. Every twenty years another one comes out. Geez...

- dreamfaeries, Sunday, August 30, 2009