When Adam Lambert saw Les Miserables in theaters over the holiday he had a lot to say about it.

The American Idol alum tweeted his critique of the film, which had the actors sing live instead of lip synching on camera, explaining the score suffered because the actors are just “pretending to be singers.”

He believes they should have used some studio magic to make everyone sound as good as they possibly could.

While Adam champions Dreamgirls, which starred Beyonce and earned an Oscar for fellow Idol, Jennifer Hudson, for using real singers he wonders why Les Mis didn’t try and do the same thing.

It turns out Russell Crowe, who stars at Javert in the movie, doesn’t totally disagree with Adam’s assessment that the vocals could have been sweetened.

The actor, who was the frontman of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts until 2005 and now sings with his band The Ordinary Fear of God, said that the film’s director, Tom Hooper, wanted it “raw and real, that’s how it is.”

Adam, who appeared in the touring production of the Broadway musical Wicked, clarifies that he wasn’t trying to be mean with his comments, but just has high expectations when it comes to movie musicals.

And Adam doesn’t think the blockbuster is all bad, especially Anne Hathaway’s heart wrenching performance of “I Dreamed a Dream.”

The movie, which recently earned four Golden Globe nominations, came in third at the box office this weekend earning over $27 million dollars. 

Have you seen Les Miserables, what did you think?

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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