Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candle in "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. DiCaprio is nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for the role. (ANDREW COOPER SMPSP/AP)

This week’s new movies include “Django Unchained” and the much anticipated “Les Miserables.” Both films feature star-studded casts. But how did they fare with the critics? Here’s what they had to say:

Les Miserables” (PG-13) “For better or worse, though, this adaptation of the mega-hit Broadway musical fits neither description, largely because it lives in that kinda-sorta, okay-not-great, this-worked-that-didn’t in-between for which words like ‘better’ and ‘worse’ fall woefully short.” — Ann Hornaday

Django Unchained” (R) “. . . Colorful characters and performances can only mask thinly schematic underpinnings for so long. Eventually [Quentin] Tarantino resorts to his usual fall-back position, which is to bathe everything and everyone in sight in gunfire, gore and geysers of blood.” — Ann Hornaday

Promised Land” (R) “The twist, when it comes, is a surprise but not a shock. What’s more, despite their Everyman appeal, [Matt] Damon and [John] Krasinski don’t create much by way of emotional investment, instead becoming mirror images of their most mild-mannered, white-bread selves.” — Ann Hornaday

Parental Guidance” (PG) “With a script that relies heavily on gags about vomiting, urinating and defecating — and that includes not just acrack about ‘melons’ as a euphemism for breasts, but also a shot of Billy Crystal getting hit in the crotch by a baseball bat — this generation-gap comedy about grandparents taking care of bratty grandkids seems like it’s not just made for children, but written by one.” — Michael O’Sullivan