I saw it this morning (the theater was only half filled). I purposely avoided this thread until after I had seen the movie because I did not want to have any preconceptions.
I thought it was a very good movie overall, but it dragged in places. I would have liked it to be shorter by about 20-30 minutes. Hugh Jackman was great. Anne Hathaway was very good but she had only a short screen time, which was disappointing. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen actually had more screen time. Samantha Barks was good. Amanda Seyfried is the only one I did not like. All other actors were good in their roles (Russell Crowe a little less so- ETA- my expectations of him were close to zero). I cried during "I dreamed a dream" and "Bring him home (the last one)". The sets and scenes were spectacular, and I enjoyed the songs.
The frequent close ups bothered me a lot. Little girl Cossett needed a better director to help her perform better. Too much shaking of the head and smiling where it was not needed.
IMO Hugh Jackman totally carried this movie. It's a pity he has to compete against Daniel Day Lewis at the Oscars.
Overall I would give it 8 out of 10.