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.

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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

4 stars

24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)

- EightThirty, Thursday, January 24, 2013

4 stars

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. Nevertheless, it has pretty, authentic locations and costumes -- so that's worth something.

- cchclaw, Sunday, November 11, 2012

3 stars

Probably the most watchable adaptation of Hugo's famed novel for today's audiences it features memorable performances from leads whose resume and appeal have only expanded over the years since the films release. Made with a solid budget the film has great costumes and art-direction and is a colorful piece to look at. Like practically all the adaptation of Les Miserables the film is very good but never manages to be perfect and fails to live up to the "classic" status of its novel. I strongly recommend viewers read or watch one version of Les Miserables before seeing the upcoming Hooper musical version and, as I stated before, this is probably the most easily viewed for the gen X & Y's.

- staindslaved, Friday, December 14, 2012