"The first-ever screening of Tom Hooper's Les Misérables received a rapturous standing ovation on Friday afternoon in New York."—Huffington Post
"Each musical number was followed by raucous applause with the principal cast taking the stage to a standing ovation at the end of the film."—Collider
"Twitter proclaimed rapturous, ecstatic acclaim for Les Misérables. Apparently the crowd went nuts, on their feet, in tears."—Awards Daily
"Les Mis brings screening audience to tears and becomes instant Oscar contender."—The Examiner
"Judging from a raucously well-received New York screening of Les Misérables on Friday afternooon, the most exciting aspect of the 2013 Oscar race will be a contest between the precision of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and the passion of Tom Hooper's epic musical.... Hugh Jackman, who anchors the film as the ex-con Jean Valjean, and [Anne] Hathaway, who plays the doomed grisette Fantine, are shoo-ins for Best Actor and Supporting Actress nominations."—Movieline
Official teaser trailer
Official international trailer
Hooper made the decision to record the entire thing "live"—the actors sang while filming, rather than recording songs beforehand, and then lip-syncing on set.
Behind-the-scenes featurette: the actors talk about singing live while filming, and how it can make an enormous difference in a performance.
I saw Les Misérables with Colm Wilkinson, both in the West End and on Broadway, in my teens. I also saw Phantom of the Opera with Michael Crawford, both in the West End and on Broadway. If you'd asked me then which movie I'd have been more excited for, it would have been Phantom, without question. When they finally made Phantom into a movie (I was in my mid-thirties), the trailer turned me off. I thought "Wow, that's gonna suck." And I wasn't wrong.
It doesn't premiere here for 30 days yet.
I'm already in line, motherfuckers. I'm already in line.