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Sing You Sinners

There are bumps along the way, but Les Misérables is worth the trip.

Jan 14, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 17 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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So where does this leave us? The first 80 minutes are dazzling. Then we get to the part where Marius and his buddies try to stage a new revolution. This section is boring at best, dreadful at worst, and goes on for about three-quarters of an hour. Then comes the big tearjerking finale, about 15 minutes, and, trust me, you’ll cry.

So that’s close to two solid hours of entertainment, with 45 lousy minutes in between. Unless, that is, you are the kind of person who finds violations of your personal space especially disturbing, in which case the movie will make you want to shout, “Hey, Tom Hooper, let go of my lapels!”

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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