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

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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,, 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

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 Miserables in French in high school, and never quite understood it, so the details are interesting. I thought the acting was well done. Liam Neeson does great work, and Geoffrey Rush is fun to hate.

- Redlats, Sunday, October 7, 2012

3 stars

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.

- ajv2688, Friday, September 30, 2011

3 stars

A respectable presentation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Kudos to Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes.

- flixsterman, Thursday, May 26, 2011