Les Misérables, director Tom Hooper's cinematic adaptation of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name, elevates the material to new heights in some moments and fails to fulfill its own promise in others.

Set in early 19th century France, Les Misérables follows the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a man who has spent 20 years of his life in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to try and save his sister’s child from starvation. Upon his release, he is forced to carry an identifier marking him forever with his crime. He consequently finds it impossible to move beyond the poverty and prejudice that an ex-con faces. Read More...


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