The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ October 29, 2009
The adaption from the Victor Hugo Classic novel. The make up was a little poor, a reflection of it?s time no doubt, interesting role choice for Anthony Hopkins as it didn?t really exert his acting skills particularly well, but the story was told and made watchable viewing.
½ December 2, 2014
This movie stayed relatively true to the book's story and characters. It is a film of it's times and does lack the cinema feel as it went straight to T.V and then DVD. The greatest flaw of the movie is Down's portrayal of Esmeralda who only appeared to show a sign of human emotion when she was speaking. The saving grace of the film was Jacobi's masterful portrayal of Frollo; he brought out the human side to this tortured soul which is rarely done in the movie iterations. He makes you pity him while still never fully empathise with him which I LOVE in a villain. Hopkins' performance is good but the movie doesn't give us enough time to see him develop his character (which is important when he is the subject of the title!) Overall 25% of the movie is a must-see (all of the scenes Jacobi is in) while 75% of the movie is dull.
February 14, 2013
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is filled with fantastic performances, but dragged down by it's script.
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