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'American Idol' Alum Rips Singing in 'Les Miserables' -- and Gets a Response From Movie's Star Russell Crowe USA Today

Everyone seems to have something to say about the singing in the new movie “Les Miserables,” and among the most vocal has been onetime “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert.

USA Today reports that Lambert “took to Twitter to say that while the film was ‘visually impressive w great emotional performances,’ the score ‘suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.’"

The piece adds: “Lambert liked the performances of Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, but didn't think much of director Tom Hooper's live-singing strategy. He wrote, ‘With that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.’"

Lambert also tweeted: "I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext -- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out."

Lambert’s criticism drew a response from one of the movie’s stars, Russell Crowe.

Crowe, who plays Javert in the film, tweeted this week: "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."