Before you ask, no, I didn't cry - I'm made of very stern stuff but the film does tug at your heart right from the start.
This film was very well acted. It didn't feel like a typical musical because I could hear practically everything. I usually have trouble hearing in a musical.
I would have liked to see more of what life in a 19th century French prison was like. That might have made me cry.
The fact that the man was sent to jail for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread is just a sign of how horrible those times were. That said, I think some American states may be going silly with their laws too: North Carolina is planning on sentencing women that expose their breasts in public to prison for six months - apparently this won't affect breast feeding. Federal law might start giving people maximum sentences of 5 years for unlocking their own mobile phones; don't worry though you might get away with the alternative $500,000 fine! Anyway, I digress.
I hated Russell Crowe's character. I simply don't understand people who put the law above common sense.
Anne Hathaway was excellent although she didn't act in most of the film. These were awful times for poor women; she went from striking beauty to a hairless, prostitute with teeth missing in hours. It was very unpleasant to watch, especially as she was forced into all those things.
Though a much smaller role I also like Éponine, the only actress from the actual musical that made it into the film. I thought she was called Ebony until two minutes ago when I checked!!
There is so much more I could say about the film, all I'm going to say is watch it!