An ambitious bookworm in my youth, I once started
I've had a warning from TheMattWalshBlog: " I cried tears of blissful joy when
At The New Yorker, David Denby leads with a messages of hope: "I want to render a public service. I want to suggest that even if you were deeply moved by “Les Mis,” you can still save your soul. I don’t think you are damned forever." (But the means? Prayer? Fasting? Talk therapy? Pharmaceuticals?)
I haven't made these judgments on the basis of a few hostile reviews; I have also registered several people's raptures on Facebook and elsewhere. It appears that the film enjoys the most favorable reception among women who like to weep in public and gay men overly enthusiastic about musical theater and overwrought spectacle.
Every few years we get one of these things. Titanic. Love Story. A film that critics disparage and the public loves, especially if it's an occasion for multiple sodden handkerchiefs.
And that's as it should be. Critics are engaged to evaluate according to their tastes and standards, and the public is entitled to like what it likes. Those of you who don't go in for that sort of thing have fair warning. Those of you who do go in for that sort of thing should enjoy yourselves without getting your backs up over your implied want of taste.